Master of Arts in History

The program leading to the M.A. in History is designed both for individuals wishing to enhance their knowledge and skills in the study of the past and for those intending to pursue a doctorate in a related field.

M.A. in History Degree Plan

The program provides students with a flexible, interdisciplinary context within which to pursue their studies, built on connections among specific courses and areas of interest. Each student plans an individual program of studies in consultation with an assigned advisor. All students are required to take HIST 5311: Historiography within their first year of enrollment.
Students seeking the M.A. in History have two options, a "professional" option and a "research" option:
Students pursuing the "professional" option must complete thirty-six hours of course work, normally all in organized courses.

Students pursuing the "research" option must complete thirty-six hours of course work, demonstrate reading proficiency in an approved foreign language, and successfully complete a master's thesis. No more than 6 hours of independent studies are allowed.

For more information on the Foreign Language Requirement
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Student should declare which option they are pursuing by the 27th hour of enrollment.

Within the Graduate Program in History, most courses are offered within History (HIST) and History of Ideas (HUHI), but students must also take one course in Aesthetic Studies (HUAS) or Studies in Literature (HUSL). A minimum of five courses must be taken in HIST.

To be a full-time student, 9 hours of courses per semester is required; 3 hours of courses per semester is required to be enrolled in the program.

To have courses taken outside the School of Arts and Humanities applied to one of its degrees, students must seek prior approval from the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies. They may also petition to have appropriate transfer courses applied to their degree plan.