History (M.A.) and Information Science (M.S.) Dual Degree Program

The Department of History in conjunction with the Department of Information Studies offers a dual degree program combining the M.A. in History and the M.S. in Information Science. By applying up to 13 credits maximum between each program, a student can reduce the total number of credits needed for both degrees. However, faculty responsible for concentrations in both programs may require additional course work. Students may be admitted to a dual master's degree program at the beginning of their graduate studies, but not later than after completing 20 graduate credits applicable to a dual master's degree program. Work done for an awarded master's or doctoral degree may not be used for this program. Students may leave a dual program before completion of both degrees. If the requirements for one degree have been fulfilled, that degree may be awarded. You must be admitted to graduate study in both the M.A. in History and M.S. in Information Science degree programs for the dual degree program.

Program of Study - History and Information Science - (53 - 59 credits)

The MS In Information Science is a 36-credit degree program (for all concentrations). The MA in History is a 30-credit degree program (for a concentration in a Geographic or Thematic area) and a 36-credit degree program for a concentration in Public History.

Please note: If approved, a total of 13 credits of coursework may count toward both degrees, with no more than six or seven credits coming from either History or Information Science to reach the 13 credits overall. Shared internship credits count toward the 13 shared graduate credits between the two programs.

History with a concentration in a Geographic or Thematic area (30 credits minimum)

  1. 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 courses (0-9 credits): Courses in the social sciences and other fields as advised (6 credits from Information Science);
  3. Satisfactory completion of a major field examination in the chosen concentration (Geographic or Thematic):
    Geographic
    Thematic
    United States History
    Local and Regional History
    Modern European History
    International History
    Latin American History
    Social and/or Economic History
    African History
    Public Policy
    Asian History
    Gender and Society
    Culture and Society
    Work and Society
  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 M.A. degree

History with a concentration in Public History (36 credits minimum)

  1. History (18 - 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. Public History professional courses (9-12 credits): Courses in the social sciences and other fields as advised (6 credits from Information Science);
  3. Satisfactory completion of a major field examination in the Public History concentration.
  4. Public History internship (6 credits minimum). Students in the dual program who choose to concentrate in Public History must complete a total of six internship credits to satisfy the requirements of the two degrees. These credits may be satisfied in a variety of ways:
    • Students may take HIS798A (Public History Internship) for six credits. If the proposed internship is approved in advance of its completion by the Information Science Department, this course will satisfy the requirement for IST678 (Internship).
    • Students may split the internship between the two departments, taking HIS599 (Special Projects in History) and IST678 for three credits each. If the proposed internship is approved by the History Department, this combination will satisfy the 6-credit requirement for the concentration in Public History.
    • Students may take IST678 (Internship) for six credits. If the proposed internship is approved in advance by the History Department, it will satisfy the requirement for HIS798A (Public History Internship).
    • Note that because of the additional six-credit internship requirement for students in the Public History concentration, students doing the M.A. concentration in Public History are required to complete a minimum of 59 credits for both degrees, instead of the 53 credits required for students pursing the regular M.A. in History. Shared internship credits count towards the 13 total allowed shared graduate credits between the two programs.
Information Science (36 credits minimum)
  1. Required courses: (15 Credits)
    1. Core courses: IST 601, 602, and 614 (9 credits)
    2. Research and statistics competency: IST 608 (3 credits)
    3. Internship: IST 678 (3 credits)
  2. Concentration courses: (21 credits)
    1. Archives and Records Administration
      Required courses: IST 546, 547, 654 or 660, 656 (12 credits)
      Supporting courses as advised: 9 credits
    2. Library and Information Services
      Required courses: IST 603, 605 (6 credits)
      Supporting courses as advised: 15 credits
    3. Information Management and Technology
      Required courses: IST 533, 560, 565, 611 (12 credits)
      Supporting courses as advised: 9 credits
    4. Intelligence Analysis
      Required courses: IST667, EHC557 (6 credits)
      Required tool: IST529 (3 credits)
      Supporting courses as advised: 12 credits
    5. Data Analytics
      Required courses: IST506, INF624 (6 credits)
      Required tool: IST529 (3 credits)
      Supporting courses as advised: 12 credits

Please note: This program requires an internship, field experience, study abroad component, or clinical experience requirement. Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions. If you have concerns about this matter please contact the Dean’s Office of your intended academic program.