The Master of Arts program in History guides students in developing familiarity with issues and literature in selected major and minor fields of history; an understanding of the fundamentals of historiography and its variations over time; and skills in historical research, analysis, and writing. The program emphasizes opportunities for both independent and collaborative learning. Areas of particular strength include American History, Southern History, all periods of European History, Comparative Global History, The Atlantic World, Military History, and Public History. We welcome students seeking admission to a doctoral program in history or similar professional studies, a career teaching history in secondary schools or community colleges, work as a professional public historian, or simply a greater understanding of the historical development of our society and the world. We expect our graduates to function effectively as professionals in their chosen fields of history.
Admissions: For regular admission to the program, a student must ordinarily have a degree in history or a related field with a 3.0 undergraduate GPA.
Three letters of recommendation, a one-two page statement of purpose, a writing sample (minimum of four pages), and official transcripts are also required.
The department of History offers five distinct tracks leading to the MA in History:
The Thesis Track - (please see the list of concentration available for this track listed above) requires twelve hours in a major field, six hours in a minor field, and six thesis hours. Included in the coursework must be at least two courses in World History.
The Public History Track with thesis project - requires twelve hours in public history courses (including HIST 6200: Public History Seminar), nine hours in a history field, and three hours in an internship. Included in the coursework must be at least one course in World History.
The Public History Track with portfolio - requires twelve hours in public history courses (including HIST 6200: Public History Seminar), nine hours in a history field, and three hours in an internship. Included in the coursework must be at least one course in World History.
The Generalist (non-thesis) Track with Exit Exams - requires nine hours in US History, nine hours in World History, two history electives, and written and oral examinations.
The Generalist (non-thesis) Track with Portfolio - requires nine hours in US History, nine hours in World History, two history electives, and an exit portfolio.
All graduate students, regardless of track or concentration, must complete a course in historiography, a course in historical writing, and at least four seminars at the 6000-level. In addition, all students must meet a global and cultural literacy requirement, which is built into each track in the form of world history coursework.
Students who receive the Master of Arts Degree in History will be able to:
Conduct historical research
Formulate and defend a historical argument in Standard English
Demonstrate knowledge of historiography and its changes over time
Demonstrate knowledge of the theory and practice of public history [for public history track only]
Demonstrate practical knowledge of a subfield of public history [for public history track only]
Students admitted into the History Program graduate program are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 while enrolled. Students do not receive graduate credit for any course in which they earn a final grade of C or below. Student receiving a grade of C will be placed on academic probation and a letter of warning will be sent by the department outlining the conditions of their probation. Students receiving a grade of C or lower in two courses will be dismissed from the program. Students receiving a grade of F will automatically be dismissed from the program.
Course Repeat Policy:
The History Program allows a student to repeat up to two courses in which they have earned a C. If a student is permitted to repeat a course, all grades will be calculated into their cumulative GPA. In order for the course to be retaken, the student and advisor must: 1. Consult program policies and handbooks to determine whether or not course repeats are permitted; and 2. Ensure course number and name are the same as the previous course.