History MA/MS

The purpose of the master's degree for students is to acquire advanced training in the discipline of history.  This program will introduce students to the ways professional historians research and communicate the results of their research.  At the completion of this program, students should be able to explain concepts in historiography and historical theory.  They also should understand how to conduct historical research and present their findings sufficiently well to be able to make contributions in the field in professional, academic venues.

Master of Arts/Master of Science in History - Option I Thesis

The student completing either a Master of Arts or a Master of Science Thesis program takes 36 semester hours and must take at least 11 of the 12 required courses in the Department of History. These 11 courses include 6 hours of thesis.  

* Note: Students must have completed both HIST 590 and HIST 591, or completed one and be enrolled in the other, before attempting the Qualifying Exam.

* Note: HIST 518 is a Pre/Co-Requisite for HIST 592.

Twelve-course program to be completed:

Thesis (6 semester hours)
HIST 518Thesis (6 semester hours required)6
Only 6 semester hours of credit for 518 per degree will be given upon satisfactory completion of the requirement
Graduate History Practicum (3-6 semester hours)
HIST 592Graduate History Practicum (Minimum 3 hours required, up to 6 allowed for credit)3
Only 6 semester hours of credit for 592 per degree will be given upon satisfactory completion of the requirement
Required Courses (6 semester hours)
HIST 590Historiography and Historical Theory3
HIST 591Historical Research and Writing Methods3
Graduate History Readings courses (6 semester hours)
Choose (6 semester hours) from graduate History courses designated as Readings courses:
HIST 521Readings in Latin American History3
HIST 524GLB/Readings in World History3
HIST 526Readings in Transatlantic History3
HIST 537Readings in Islamic World History3
HIST 541Readings in Mediterranean World History3
HIST 542Readings in Medieval European History3
HIST 543Readings in Early Modern European History3
HIST 544Readings in Modern European History3
HIST 551Readings in Colonial North American History3
HIST 552Readings in Revolutionary American History3
HIST 553Readings in Modern United States History, 1850-19203
HIST 554Readings in U. S. Post 19203
HIST 556Readings in the Early National United States, 1789-18503
Graduate History Seminar Course (3 semester hours)
Choose (3 semester hours) from Graduate History hours designated as seminar courses:
HIST 520GLB/Seminar in World/Comparative History3
HIST 540Seminar in European History3
HIST 550Seminar in American History3
HIST 568Seminar in History Education3
Choose from the following: General History Emphasis or Public History Minor or World History Minor
General History Emphasis electives (12 semester hours) from:
HIST 520GLB/Seminar in World/Comparative History3
HIST 521Readings in Latin American History3
HIST 522GLB/World History Theory and Methods3
HIST 524GLB/Readings in World History3
HIST 526Readings in Transatlantic History3
HIST 535Introduction to the History of Religion3
HIST 537Readings in Islamic World History3
HIST 540Seminar in European History3
HIST 541Readings in Mediterranean World History3
HIST 542Readings in Medieval European History3
HIST 543Readings in Early Modern European History3
HIST 544Readings in Modern European History3
HIST 550Seminar in American History3
HIST 551Readings in Colonial North American History3
HIST 552Readings in Revolutionary American History3
HIST 553Readings in Modern United States History, 1850-19203
HIST 554Readings in U. S. Post 19203
HIST 556Readings in the Early National United States, 1789-18503
HIST 564Introduction to Public History3
HIST 563Material Culture Analysis for Historians3
HIST 566Oral History Theory and Methods3
HIST 568Seminar in History Education3
HIST 569Introduction to Digital History3
HIST 572Themes in Gender and Sexuality History3
HIST 573Themes in Revolution History3
HIST 574Themes in Race and Ethnicity History3
HIST 597Special Topic3
Electives may also include a 3 semester hour graduate level course outside of History or a second semester of HIST 592.
OR
Public History Minor (12 semester hours)
Required 2 courses (6 semester hours)
HIST 567Internship in Public History3
HIST 564Introduction to Public History3
Choose 2 courses (6 semester hours) from the following:
ALIB 564Introduction to Archives3
HIST 563Material Culture Analysis for Historians3
HIST 566Oral History Theory and Methods3
HIST 569Introduction to Digital History3
OR
World History Minor (12 semester hours)
Required course (3 semester hours)
HIST 522GLB/World History Theory and Methods3
Choose one (3 semester hours)
HIST 520GLB/Seminar in World/Comparative History3
HIST 524GLB/Readings in World History3
Choose two (6 semester hours)
HIST 520GLB/Seminar in World/Comparative History3
HIST 521Readings in Latin American History3
HIST 524GLB/Readings in World History3
HIST 526Readings in Transatlantic History3
HIST 537Readings in Islamic World History3
HIST 540Seminar in European History3
HIST 541Readings in Mediterranean World History3
HIST 572Themes in Gender and Sexuality History3
HIST 573Themes in Revolution History3
HIST 574Themes in Race and Ethnicity History3
HIST 597Special Topic3
*HIST 597 must be approved by the program coordinator and depends on current topic
PSCI 503GLB/Proseminar in Comp Pol3
PSCI 504GLB/Sem in Area Studies3
PSCI 505GLB/Topics Comp Pol3
PSCI 507GLB/Selected Topics in IR3
PSCI 508GLB/Seminar in Foreign Policy3
PSCI 522GLB/Holocaust and Genocide3
SPA 550Literature and Culture in the Classroom3
SPA 560GLB/Colonization and Independence in Latin American Literature and Film3
*Note: The degree requirement that only one course can be outside HIST still applies to students completing the World History Minor.
Total Hours36

Master of Arts/Master of Science in History - Option II Non-Thesis

A student completing a Master of Arts or Master of Science Non-Thesis program is required to complete 36 semester hours and to take at least 10 of the 12 required courses in the Department of History.

* Note: Students must have completed both HIST 590 and HIST 591, or completed one and be enrolled in the other, before attempting the Qualifying Exam.

Twelve-course program to be completed:

Research (3 semester hours required)
HIST 595Research Literature and Techniques (3 semester hours required)3
Required courses (6 semester hours)
HIST 590Historiography and Historical Theory3
HIST 591Historical Research and Writing Methods3
Graduate History Readings courses (6 semester hours)
Choose (6 semester hours) from graduate courses in History designated as Readings:
HIST 521Readings in Latin American History3
HIST 524GLB/Readings in World History3
HIST 526Readings in Transatlantic History3
HIST 537Readings in Islamic World History3
HIST 541Readings in Mediterranean World History3
HIST 542Readings in Medieval European History3
HIST 543Readings in Early Modern European History3
HIST 544Readings in Modern European History3
HIST 551Readings in Colonial North American History3
HIST 552Readings in Revolutionary American History3
HIST 553Readings in Modern United States History, 1850-19203
HIST 554Readings in U. S. Post 19203
HIST 556Readings in the Early National United States, 1789-18503
Graduate History Seminar course (3 semester hours)
Choose (3 semester hours) from graduate courses in History designated as Seminars:
HIST 520GLB/Seminar in World/Comparative History3
HIST 540Seminar in European History3
HIST 550Seminar in American History3
HIST 568Seminar in History Education3
Electives (6 semester hours)
Choose 6 semester hours graduate level courses6
Choose from the following: General History Emphasis or Public History Minor or World History Minor
General History Emphasis choose (12 semester hours) from:
HIST 520GLB/Seminar in World/Comparative History3
HIST 521Readings in Latin American History3
HIST 522GLB/World History Theory and Methods3
HIST 524GLB/Readings in World History3
HIST 526Readings in Transatlantic History3
HIST 535Introduction to the History of Religion3
HIST 537Readings in Islamic World History3
HIST 540Seminar in European History3
HIST 541Readings in Mediterranean World History3
HIST 542Readings in Medieval European History3
HIST 543Readings in Early Modern European History3
HIST 544Readings in Modern European History3
HIST 550Seminar in American History3
HIST 551Readings in Colonial North American History3
HIST 552Readings in Revolutionary American History3
HIST 553Readings in Modern United States History, 1850-19203
HIST 554Readings in U. S. Post 19203
HIST 556Readings in the Early National United States, 1789-18503
HIST 563Material Culture Analysis for Historians3
HIST 564Introduction to Public History3
HIST 566Oral History Theory and Methods3
HIST 568Seminar in History Education3
HIST 569Introduction to Digital History3
HIST 572Themes in Gender and Sexuality History3
HIST 573Themes in Revolution History3
HIST 574Themes in Race and Ethnicity History3
HIST 597Special Topic3
OR
Public History Minor (12 semester hours)
Required 2 courses (6 semester hours)
HIST 564Introduction to Public History3
HIST 567Internship in Public History3
Choose 2 courses (6 semester hours) from the following:
ALIB 564Introduction to Archives3
HIST 563Material Culture Analysis for Historians3
HIST 566Oral History Theory and Methods3
HIST 569Introduction to Digital History3
OR
World History Minor (12 semester hours)
Required course (3 semester hours)
HIST 522GLB/World History Theory and Methods3
Choose 1 course (3 semester hours)
HIST 520GLB/Seminar in World/Comparative History3
HIST 524GLB/Readings in World History3
Choose 2 courses (6 semester hours)
HIST 520GLB/Seminar in World/Comparative History3
HIST 521Readings in Latin American History3
HIST 524GLB/Readings in World History3
HIST 526Readings in Transatlantic History3
HIST 537Readings in Islamic World History3
HIST 540Seminar in European History3
HIST 541Readings in Mediterranean World History3
HIST 572Themes in Gender and Sexuality History3
HIST 573Themes in Revolution History3
HIST 574Themes in Race and Ethnicity History3
HIST 597Special Topic3
*HIST 597 must be approved by the program coordinator and depends on current topic
PSCI 503GLB/Proseminar in Comp Pol3
PSCI 504GLB/Sem in Area Studies3
PSCI 505GLB/Topics Comp Pol3
PSCI 507GLB/Selected Topics in IR3
PSCI 508GLB/Seminar in Foreign Policy3
PSCI 522GLB/Holocaust and Genocide3
SPA 550Literature and Culture in the Classroom3
SPA 560GLB/Colonization and Independence in Latin American Literature and Film3
*Note that the degree requirement that no more than two courses be from outside HIST still applies to students completing the World History Minor.
Total Hours36

Note:  Successful completion of the Comprehensive Exam is required of all students.

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