History Master of Arts Degree Program

Program of Study (30 - 36 credits)

M.A. students declare their history concentration by notifying Jamie Winn, office assistant in the History Department, Social Science 145, in person or by email.  

Geographic concentration (30 credits)

Major Fields: African History /Asian History / Latin American History / 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 (see History Department Graduate Handbook for details)
  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.

Thematic concentration (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 (see History Department Graduate Handbook for details)
  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.

Public History concentration (36 credits)

  1. Academic courses in History: 21 credits minimum
    a. Courses, as advised, including at least one research seminar and one reading seminar
    b. 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. Public history concentration (professional) courses (9 credits) including His 501: Introduction to Public History and two other concentration courses.as advised
  3. Internship (6 credits): His 798A Internship in Public History.
  4. Major field exam (see History Department Graduate Handbook for details)

 

 The Combined MA in History and MS in Information Science

Students may choose to combine the M.A. in History with the M.S. in Information Science. By applying six credits in Information Science to the History degree program and seven credits from History to the Information Science program, a student can reduce the total number of credits needed for both degrees to 59 (or 62, including the public history internship). However, faculty responsible for concentrations in both programs may require additional course work.

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