History - Master of Arts

Thesis Program

Thirty-six credits (27 of which must be at the 500 level) are required for the thesis program:

Select at least 3 credits from Public History courses above the 500 level3
Select four History Graduate Seminars including the following:
Craft of History seminar3
Select two from the following:6
Reading Seminar: Borders, Boundaries and Frontiers3
Reading Seminar: Modernity and its Discontents3
Reading Seminar: Nature and Society3
Reading Seminar: History, Myth and Memory3
HIST 596Research Seminar3
Select a maximum of 6 credits in related fields outside the Department of History 16
Select 9 credits at the 500-level or above in the Department of History9
HIST 599Master's Thesis6
Total Credits36
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With permission of the graduate advisor, a maximum of 6 credits may be taken in related fields from courses numbered 450 and above outside the Department of History. 

A student choosing the thesis program must receive permission for his/her thesis by passing a thesis proposal defense after earning 12 graduate credits in History. The department will provide guidelines for the thesis defense. A student choosing the thesis program must pass a final oral examination over graduate course work and the thesis. All graduate students will be required to present a research paper in a public forum approved by the department's Graduate Director.

Public History Concentration

Thirty-six credits (27 of which must be at the 500 level) are required for the Public History concentration:

Select four History Graduate Seminars including the following:
Public History Seminar3
Craft of History Seminar3
Research Seminar3
Select one from the following:3
Reading Seminar: Borders, Boundaries and Frontiers3
Reading Seminar: Modernity and its Discontents3
Reading Seminar: Nature and Society3
Reading Seminar: History, Myth and Memory3
HIST 585Public History Internship3
Select a maximum of 9 credits (450-and above) outside the Department of History 29
Preparation of an article of scholarly quality3
Select 9 credits from courses numbered 500 and above in the Department of History9
Total Credits36
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with permission of the Director of the Public History Program

Students in the Public History concentration must collectively pass 18 credits of nonpublic history courses, including the nonpublic history seminars noted above. They must collectively pass 18 credits in public history, which must include the public history seminar, the internship, and the article. The scholarly article is developed through work in the internship and will be of peer reviewed journal quality. The public history credits may include a maximum of 9 graduate level (450 -and-above) credits outside the Department of History with permission of the Director of the Public History Program. A student choosing the Public History concentration must pass an article proposal defense about the proposed scholarly article during the first semester after completion of the internship. The department will provide guidelines for the article defense. A student choosing the Public History specialization must give a public presentation of a portfolio that includes his/her work and the scholarly article, and must pass an oral examination over graduate course work, the internship, and the article. Students who receive a Master’s degree in this track will have a specialization in Public History added to their transcripts.

Dual Track M.A. (Public History AND Thesis)

Students choosing to pursue both the thesis track and Public History concentration must complete the course hours required for the public history concentration, perform an internship, and defend the proposed thesis before undertaking it using guidelines provided by the department, present the public history portfolio at a public presentation, complete the thesis, and defend their course work, thesis and public history portfolio at a final oral examination. In order to satisfactorily complete both programs, such students would complete 39 credits, including three hours of internship credit and six hours of thesis work.

Select four History Graduate Seminars including the following:
Public History Seminar3
Craft of History Seminar3
Research Seminar3
Select one from the following:3
Reading Seminar: Borders, Boundaries and Frontiers3
Reading Seminar: Modernity and its Discontents3
Reading Seminar: Nature and Society3
Reading Seminar: History, Myth and Memory3
HIST 585Public History Internship3
Select a maximum of 9 credits (450-and above) outside the Department of History 29
Preparation of an article of scholarly quality3
Select 3 credits at the 500 level from courses in the Department of History3
HIST 599Master's Thesis6
Total Credits36