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M.A. in History

The Department of History offers a 36 credit M.A. degree with a thesis, non-thesis, or public history option. Students must complete a research requirement and a subject matter requirement. Courses in American, European, Non-Western, and public history are available.

Traditionally, most historians have become teachers. But increasingly, historians are seeking employment in nonteaching fields, including careers in museum, archival, library work, public policy, tourism, and travel. Historical societies provide editorial and administrative openings, and publishing companies hire historians for both sales and editorial services. The history graduate program is designed to provide students with training appropriate to a wide range of professional goals in the field of history.

Students pursuing the thesis option are required to take HIST 614: Research Methods, two sctions of HIST 601: History Seminar, and six credits of HIST 795: Thesis. The remainder of the credits are electives, with no more than 12 credits coming from 500-level courses. No more than six credits may be taken outside of the program. This credit allowance is given only with advanced permission and at the discretion of the History Department graduate advisor/program coordinator.

Students pursuing the public history option are required to take HIST 614: Research Methods, HIST 605: Introduction to Public History, one section of HIST 601: History Seminar, six credits from public history courses (HIST 606, 770, 771, 772), and HIST 790: Seminar in Public History. Students are also required to take six credits of HIST 698: History internship. This internship may be taken as two three-credit courses. Remaining courses are to be subject specific electives, with no more than three credits coming from an advisor-approved related field, and no more than nine credits from 500-level courses.

Students pursuing the non-thesis option are required to take HIST 614: Research Methods, and two sections of HIST 601: History Seminar. The remainder of the credits are electives, with no more than 15 credits coming from 500-level courses. No more than six credits may be taken outside of the program. This credit allowance is given only with advanced permission and at the discretion of the History Department graduate advisor/program coordinator.

Program Requirements:

Students pursuing the thesis track must complete 36 semester hours as outlined below:

HIST 614 Research Methods 3 cr.
HIST 795 Thesis 6 cr.
HIST 601 History Seminar 6 cr.

HIST 601 is a seminar course focusing on area research which culminates in a final paper. All graduate students pursuing a thesis track are required to take at least two HIST 601 courses as course workload demands that sudents exercise the necessary research and writing skills required by thesis work, the groundwork for which is established during the HIST 614 course.

No more than six credits may be taken outside of the program. This credit allowance is given only with advanced permission and at the discrection of the History Department graduate advisor/program coordinator.

No more than twelve credits at the 500-level.

Remaining credits to come from 600 or above level graduate courses. This coursework will come from HIST 600 and HIST 601, at least one section of each is offered each semester. Furthermore, with instructor's permission, thesis students may take a course from the Public Historytrack.

Students pursuing the public history option must complete 36 semester hours as outlined below:

HIST 614 Research Methods 3 cr.
HIST 605 Introduction to Public History 3 cr.
HIST 601 History Seminar 3 cr.
HIST 790 Seminar in Public History 3 cr.
HIST 698 Internship 6 cr.

Students may take HIST 606 as an elective.

There is no thesis option for students in the Public History track. HIST 790: Seminar in Public History will be a comparative capstone course for Public History track students.

No more than six credits may be taken outside of the program. This credit allowance is given only with advanced permission and at the discretion of the History Department graduate advisor/program coordinator.

Students are required to take six credits selected from the following options: HIST 606, HIST 707, HIST 771, HIST 772. If their schedule permits and the appropriate offerings exist, students may take more than six credits from the above selections. Public history content courses are critical to the education of students in the Public History track.

Twelve remaining credits as electives. No more than six may come from a related discipline. No more than nine credits may be 500 level History courses.

Students pursuing the non-thesis option must complete 36 semester hours as outlined below:

HIST 614 Research Methods 3 cr.
HIST 601 History Seminar 6 cr.

No more than six credits may be taken outside of the program. This credit allowance is given only with advanced permission and at the discretion of the History Department graduate advisor/program cooridnator.

There is no internship option for non-thesis option students.

No more than 15 credits may come from 500-level history courses. HIST 600 and HIST 601 are offered with such frequency that non-thesis students have the option to take three to six credits each semester. Students may also take HIST 605.

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