History Master of Arts Degree Program

Program of Study (30 - 36 credits)

Track A - Geographic Focus (30 credits)

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

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 - 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.

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; 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. Professional courses (9 credits) including His 501 Introduction to Public History and two other professional 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.