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The Master of Arts in History is for students who want to learn more about history and further develop historical skills. The program helps students develop analytical, literary, and verbal skills; familiarizes them with historical scholarship; and teaches them to do original research and organize large amounts of information in a comprehensible form.

The program has three parts. Students must complete 30 credits of coursework. There are a few required classes, but for the most part students are free to take courses that interest them and that are related to their research.

Many students in the M.A. program are local high school teachers. Others use the M.A. as a stepping stone to a Ph.D. program to teach on the college level. Graduates work for historical societies, museums, publishing houses, and the National Park Service.

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Plan of Study

Required Courses

  • HIST 570: Introduction to Research
  • HIST 572: Thesis I
  • HIST 573: Thesis II

Electives (21 hours)

  • At least 9 hours in either United States History (Group A) or European History (Group B)
  • At least 3 hours in the other of Group A or B
  • At least 3 hours in Area Studies (Group C)
  • Students may take up to 6 hours in other social science disciplines

Comprehensive Examination

  • At the end of their coursework, students must pass a written examination on History 570 and four other classes of their choice.

Thesis

  • Students must write and defend a piece of original historical research.