College of Social and Behavioral Sciences


Program Options

Program Goals

The Master of Arts in History program trains students to demonstrate critical thinking through the ability to evaluate, analyze, and integrate information from a variety of sources in order to develop reasoned positions and solutions to problems, display competence in oral, written, and visual communication, as appropriate for their discipline, and demonstrate discipline-specific knowledge and skills in their major field of study. 

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Master of Arts in History program will be able to meet the following learning outcomes upon graduating from the program.

Student Learning Outcome 1: Analysis:

Display originality in their research (whether in a thesis, project, or research paper) in one of the following ways:

  • By engaging in and interpreting original research (new topic or new sources);
  • By creating a new historical narrative about previously studied topic;
  • By developing an original interpretation placed in the context of the current historiography.

Student Learning Outcome 2: Written and Oral Communication:

  • Organize their research appropriately and express their ideas clearly, logically, and in an engaging fashion, and will engage with the revise and resubmit practice.
  • Pass an oral defense of their thesis or research paper.

Student Learning Outcome Dimension 3: Historical Knowledge:

  • Place their research topics in appropriate historical context(s).
  • Link those topics to relevant historical events/issues of the period consistently and accurately throughout their work.

Student Learning Outcome Dimension 4: Historiographical Knowledge:

  • Distinguish appropriate bodies of historiography for topics related to their research,.
  • Demonstrate accurately relationships between their ideas and the ideas of other historians.

Student Learning Outcome Dimension 5: Research Methods:

  • Select appropriate numbers and ranges of primary sources in their research.
  • Consistently utilize primary sources to illuminate the perspectives of people of the time, their values and beliefs to support the argument(s).

Student Learning Outcome Dimension 6: Documentation:

  • Use sources ethically and accurately to substantiate their research.
  • Properly and accurately format citations for other historians’ verification.

Program Options

Graduate students in the History department can choose to pursue an MA in History (96G) or an MA in History: Public History (964)), which is an MA in History with a Public History emphasis. Within each degree plan, students can elect to pursue the thesis or the non-thesis option. Both degree plans require students to complete 30 credit hours at the graduate level. For more information about each plan, see the categories below.