History Master of Arts Degree Program

Program of Study (30 - 36 credits)


Track A - Geographic Focus (30 credits)

Major Fields: African History /Asian History / Latin American History / Modern European History / United States History

  1. Course work in History: 21 credits minimum
    1. Courses, as advised, including at least one research seminar in the appropriate major field and one reading seminar
    2. With departmental approval a thesis in history for 4-6 credits may be presented in place of or in addition to the research seminar
  2. Supporting Course work: 0 - 9 credits - Courses in the social sciences and other fields as advised
  3. Major Field Exam
  4. Foreign Language Requirement - Reading knowledge of a foreign language is required only of students writing a Master's thesis on a non-U.S. topic.  The language must be appropriate to the student's major field. This requirement can be fulfilled by an examination in the Department, by an examination administered by a language department with approval of the History Department, or by satisfactory completion of a graduate level language course that has been approved by the History Department. A student may not take the language examination more than twice for the MA degree.


Track B - Thematic Focus (30 credits)

Major Fields: Cultural History /Gender History /International, Global, and Comparative History /Public Policy History /Social and Economic History

  1. Course work in History: 21 credits minimum
    1. Courses, as advised, including at least one research seminar in the appropriate major field and one reading seminar
    2. With departmental approval a thesis in history for 4-6 credits may be presented in place of or in addition to the research seminar
  2. Supporting Course work: 0 - 9 credits - Courses in the social sciences and other fields as advised
  3. Major Field Exam.
  4. Foreign Language Requirement - Reading knowledge of a foreign language is required only of students writing a Master's thesis on a non-U.S. topic.  The language must be appropriate to the student's major field. This requirement can be fulfilled by an examination in the Department, by an examination administered by a language department with approval of the History Department, or by satisfactory completion of a graduate level language course that has been approved by the History Department. A student may not take the language examination more than twice for the MA degree.


History & Media Focus (36 credits)

  1. Course work in History: 28 credits minimum
    1. Courses, as advised, including His 607 and two courses from among His 602, 604, 605, and 606 (or other coursework as advised); also including at least one research seminar and one reading seminar with a thematic focus
    2. His 699 Master's Thesis or His 698 History and Media Masters Project
  2. Supporting Course work: 0 - 8 credits - Courses in the social sciences and other fields as advised
  3. Foreign Language Requirement - A reading knowledge of one foreign language appropriate to the student's major field is required for M.A. candidates writing Master's theses on non-U.S. topics. This requirement can be fulfilled by an examination in the Department, by an examination administered by a language department with approval of the History Department, or by satisfactory completion of a graduate level language course that has been approved by the History Department. A student may not take the language examination more than twice for the MA degree.


Public History Focus (36 credits)

  1. Academic courses in History (21 credits, minimum) including: His 621 Readings in Local and Regional History or His 630 Readings in Public Policy or a reading course from any of the other M.A. concentrations as advised and a research seminar.
  2. Public history concentration (professional) courses (9 credits) including His 501: Introduction to Public History and two other concentration courses.
  3. Internship (6 credits): His 798A Internship in Public History.
  4. Satisfactory completion of a major field examination in Local and Regional History or one of the other M.A. fields as advised.