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. (Provided the student is accepted into both programs, any of the History M.A. concentrations may be combined with the Information Science M.S.)

Students must declare a concentration by the end of their 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
  • The MS in Information Science has a 3-credit internship requirement; the MA concentration in Public History has a 6-credit internship requirement. As advised, these may be combined, but the 3-credit overlap is part of  the potential 13-credit overlap, not in addition to it. For additional public history internship information, click here.
Faculty responsible for concentrations in both programs may require additional course work. See advisors from each program for details.

WORKSHEET: Here is a worksheet through the dual programs with an MA concentration in public history and an MS concentration in archives & records

October 2018: the MSIS is now a 36-credit program - here is the dual pathway:
((The previous form is here, for the 42-credit MSIS: MA-MSIS_check_sheet_Junecorr2018.pdf)