History Master of Arts Degree Program

Program of Study (30 - 36 credits)

M.A. students must choose a concentration from one of the three following areas: Thematic field; Geographic area; or Public History. Students must declare a concentration by the end of the first semester, if full time, or before completion of ten credits, if part-time. Notify Ms. Jamie Winn in the History Department, Social Science 145, in person or by email.

Master of Arts - History - Geographic Focus Concentration
30 Credits Required, 3.0 GPA

Reading Seminar - select at least one course:
NEEDS: 4 CREDITS
SELECT FROM: AHIS601,603,611,616,619,662,665,668

Research Seminar - select at least one course:
NEEDS: 4 CREDITS
SELECT FROM: AHIS609,620,664,667
With departmental approval, a thesis in history (HIS699) for 4-6 credits may be presented in place of the research seminar. For information on theses, see the History Department graduate handbook, section IV.A.5.

History Courses - select 13 credits:
NEEDS: 13 CREDITS
SELECT FROM: AHIS500 TO 697

Supporting Courses - select 9 credits:
NEEDS: 9 CREDITS
SELECT FROM: AHIS500 TO 697; AANT502 TO 692; AECO500 TO 697; ASOC500 TO 798; APSY500 TO 897; AREL597,599; AWSS501 TO 798; RSSW500 TO 888

Comprehensive Exam Required (see the History Department graduate handbook, online)

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.


Master of Arts - History - Thematic Focus
30 Credits Required, 3.0 GPA

Reading Seminar - select one course:
NEEDS: 4 CREDITS
SELECT FROM: AHIS601,603,611,616,619,621,626,628,630, 633,639,642,662,665,668

Research Seminar - select one course:
NEEDS: 4 CREDITS
SELECT FROM: AHIS609,620,622,629,631,634,640,643,664, 667,670,699
With departmental approval, a thesis in history (HIS699) for 4-6 credits may be presented in place of the research seminar. For information on theses, see the History Department graduate handbook, section IV.A.5.

History Courses - select 13 credits:
NEEDS: 13 CREDITS
SELECT FROM: AHIS500 TO 697

Supporting Courses - select 9 credits:
NEEDS: 9 CREDITS

SELECT FROM: AHIS500 TO 697; AANT502 TO 692; AECO500 TO 697; ASOC500 TO 798; APSY500 TO 897; AREL597,599; AWSS501 TO 798; RSSW500 TO 888

Comprehensive Exam Required (see the History Dept. graduate handbook, online)

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.

Master of Arts - History - Public History Concentration
36 Credits Required (including 6-credit internship), 3.0 GPA

Reading Seminar - select one course:
NEEDS: 4 CREDITS
SELECT FROM: AHIS601,602,603,604,605,607,611,616,619, 621,626,628,630,633,639,642,662,665,668

Research Seminar - select one course:
NEEDS: 4 CREDITS
SELECT FROM: AHIS607,609,620,622,629,631,634,640,643, 664,667,670

Academic Content Courses - select 10 credits
No more than 4 credits of AHIS 697 may be used for this requirement.
NEEDS: 10 CREDITS
SELECT FROM: AHIS515,519,520,525,525B,530,531,532,533, 535,540,543,543R,544,544R,550,551,553,554,555, 556,558,560,562,563,564,569,570,571,572,573,590, 593,595,601,602,603,604,605,607,608,609,611,616, 619,620,621,622,626,628,629,630,631,633,634,639, 640,642,643,662,664,665,667,668,670,697

Professional Courses - select 12 credits:
NEEDS: 12 CREDITS 1 COURSE
SELECT FROM: AHIS501(REQUIRED), 503,504,505,506,508,509,594, 596,597,598

Internship Course - select 6 credits:
NEEDS: 6 CREDITS
SELECT FROM: AHIS798A

Comprehensive Exam Required (see the History Dept. graduate handbook, online)


The Combined M.A. in History and M.S. in Information Science

Students may choose to combine the M.A. in History with the M.S. in Information Science. The total credits for individual programs are generally reduced as follows:

  • 6 credits in Information Science may be applied to the History MA
  • 7 credits in History may be applied to the MSIS
However, faculty responsible for concentrations in both programs may require additional course work. See advisors from each program for details.

MA students concentrating in Public History may also combine the 6-credit internship requirement with the 3-credit Information Science internship requirement. These credits may be satisfied in a variety of ways:
  • Students may take AHIS798A (Public History Internship) for six credits. If the proposed internship is approved in advance of its completion by the Information Studies Department, this course will satisfy the requirement for IIST668 (Internship).
  • Students may split the internship between the two departments, taking AHIS599 (Special Projects in History) and IIST668 for three credits each. With the advance approval of the History Department, IIST668 will satisfy the additional 3-credit internship requirement for the concentration in Public History.
  • Students may take IIST668 (Internship) for six credits. If the proposed internship is approved in advance by the History Department, it will satisfy the requirement for AHIS798A (Public History Internship).