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College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

History
History
History
History

Program Options

OVERVIEW

Graduate students have two basic options for completing their Master of Arts in History.

Thesis Option

The thesis option for the Master of Arts in History is a 30 credit hour program. A minimum of 18 of those hours must consist of 6000 level coursework including 6 hours of thesis research (HIST 6299). Students choosing this option will complete a thesis based on primary source research.  Depending on the research topic, competency in a second language may be required by the Faculty Thesis Committee.

Required Coursework: 12 hours

  • HIST 6030 Seminar in History (3 hours)
  • HIST 6050 Historical Methods (3 hours)
  • HIST 6288 Seminar: Topics in World Historiography (3 hours)
  • HIST 6289 Seminar: United States Historiography (3 hours)

Elective Coursework: 12 hours

Students can take four additional courses at the 5000 or 6000 level. Students interested in Public History can consider taking an Emphasis in Public History to fulfill their electives. These courses should be selected carefully with consideration for how their subject matter assists students in researching their thesis topic. Students may also consider taking one course (3 hours) outside of the field of History.

Required Research: 6 hours

In their second year, students take 3 hours of research (HIST 6299) in the Fall semester and 3 hours of research (HIST 6299) in the Spring semester to complete their thesis.

Non-Thesis Option

The non-thesis option for the Master of Arts in History is a 30 credit hour program. A minimum of 15 of those hours must consist of 6000 level coursework. Students also write a research paper and must pass a written comprehensive examination in the primary field and an oral comprehensive examination in both the primary and secondary field.

Required Coursework: 15 hours

  • HIST 6030 Seminar in History (3 hours)
  • HIST 6050 Historical Methods (3 hours)
  • HIST 6288 Seminar: Topics in World Historiography (3 hours)
  • HIST 6289 Seminar: United States Historiography (3 hours)
  • Additional HIST 6000-level course (3 hours)

Elective Coursework: 15 hours

Students can take five additional courses at the 5000 or 6000 level. These courses should be selected carefully with consideration for how their subject matter prepares students for examination in a primary and secondary field. Students may also consider taking one course (3 hours) outside of the field of History. Students interested in Public History can consider taking the same series of courses as the Emphasis in Public History, but will need to take one additional course to fulfill their electives. In addition, students can choose Public History as one of their fields of study.

Fields of Study

Students must choose a primary and secondary field of study. One of these fields must be thematic. 

Geographic Fields:

This list includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • United States History to 1877
  • United States History since 1877
  • Medieval European History
  • Modern European History 1300-1815
  • Modern European History since 1815
  • Middle East
  • Ancient History
  • Latin America
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • China
  • India
  • Japan
Thematic Fields:

This list includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Cultural History
  • Economic History
  • Environmental History
  • Intellectual History
  • Military/Diplomatic History
  • Political History
  • Social History
  • Public History
  • Race/Ethnicity History
  • Urban History
  • Women's/Gender History
  • Religion