ACADEMICS

  • Master of Arts in History 

    Admission Requirements:
    General admission requirements for graduate study together with 18 credits in undergraduate history including the following courses or their equivalents:

    • HI 103 & HI 104 World Civilization I and II
    • HI 111 & HI 112 US History I and II

    There are two different tracks for Master of Arts in History: the portfolio track and the thesis track.

    Requirements of TRACK 1 (Portfolio):

    I. Foundation courses
    • HI 910 The Study and Writing of History: 3 credits
    • History Research Seminar (3 credits)
    II. Distribution History courses (18 credits)
    • US History Electives: 6 credits
    • European History Electives: 6 credits
    • Non-US/Non-European History Electives: 6 credits

    III. Minor Concentration in History or a related field (9 credits; developed in consultation with advisor).
    The capstone of the program is the presentation of a portfolio. Students will present the portfolio to the graduate coordinator at a meeting after all course work has been completed. The portfolio should include five papers, plus an introductory narrative that reflects upon the student’s program as a whole, provides the necessary context for understanding the five papers, and explains why those particular papers were chosen. One of the papers must be a research paper incorporating primary sources. In addition, the papers should represent work in U.S. History, European History, Non-U.S/Non-European History, and the Minor Concentration. The portfolio will be assessed by departmental committee of at least 3 members.

    Total Credits: 33 

    Requirements of TRACK 2 (Thesis):

    I. Foundation course
    • HI 910 The Study and Writing of History: 3 credits
    II. Major Concentration in U.S. History or World History (21 Credits)
    • 15 credits of elective History courses (U.S. or World)
    • History 995 Thesis (6 credits)

    III. Minor Concentration in History or a related field (9 credits; developed in consultation with advisor).
    Students will form a thesis committee of at least two faculty members. One will be the primary advisor (and the instructor of record for the thesis courses) who will work closely with the student in their research and writing. The second will read the final version of the thesis. Upon completion of the thesis, the student will schedule an oral defense with the thesis committee.
     
    Total Credits: 33