2009-2010 Graduate Catalog 
    Sep 25, 2023  
2009-2010 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

History [HIS] M.A.

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Career Potential

  • Public historian (museum, archives)
  • Librarian
  • History teacher
  • Business positions
  • Graduate or law schools

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the requirements for admission to a degree program as stated in this catalog, the applicant for enrollment in the program leading to a Master of Arts in History should present the following:

  1. A resume.
  2. A letter of application including educational and professional goals.
  3. Intermediate competency in a foreign language. This requirement may be met concurrently with graduate study.
  4. A minimum of 24 hours of approved undergraduate history courses. Under special conditions this requirement may be reduced.
  5. At least a 3.0 grade point average, on a 4.0 scale, in undergraduate history courses.
  6. At least a 2.75 grade point average in all undergraduate courses.
  7. Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  8. Two letters of recommendation, at least one from a history instructor.
  9. Approval by the History Department’s Graduate Committee.

Program Requirements

Students must take a concentration of at least nine hours in United States history, European history, or non-Western history (Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America).

The department also requires six hours of course work outside the concentration. In addition to the program requirements stated below, students must either write a master’s thesis or take a written comprehensive exam based on course work and mastery of the content and historical literature in the concentration or in a combination of the concentration and a secondary field.

Other requirements for the award of the degree may be determined by the History Department and must be ascertained by the student in consultation with a department graduate advisor.

Course Requirements

B. Approved courses in concentration:

Nine credit hours and approved courses outside concentration: Six credit hours

Choose from:
Appropriate special topics courses – 529 and 629 – may be included under U.S., Europe or non-Western.

C. Research Seminar in area of concentration: Three credit hours

Research Seminar outside area of concentration: Three credit hours
Select from the following:

D. Approved electives in history or related field: Six credit hours

HIS or other advisor-approved courses at the 500 and 600 level

Total Credit Hours Required: 30

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