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History | Master's Program

Master's in History


Degree Requirements

  • 30–36 credit hours of approved graduate work; no more than 50 percent of course work may be done in 400/600 level courses. 
  • Tool of research: a relevant foreign language, quantitative methods, oral history, history and new media, or a methodology approved by the graduate committee of the Department of History 
  • Capstone experience: one of the following as approved by the student's advisor:
    History 149 Comprehensive MA examination in one field (e.g. US I)
    Comprehensive MA examination in combined field (e.g. US I/US II)
    Two research seminars (HIST-751)
    MA thesis

Course Requirements

Core (12 credit hours)

  • HIST-500 Studies in History (3) with a grade of B or better 
  • Two colloquia from the following with grades of B or better: 
  • HIST-720 Colloquium in Modern European History I: 1789-1900 (3) 
  • HIST-721 Colloquium in Modern European History II: since 1900 (3) 
  • HIST-727 Colloquium in United States History I: to 1865 (3)
  • HIST-728 Colloquium in United States History II: since 1865 (3)
  • or approved substitute for one of the above colloquia
  • HIST-744 The Historian’s Craft (3) with a grade of B or better, usually taken in the student’s first fall semester in the program

Research Seminar or Thesis (3-6 credits)

  • HIST-751 Graduate Research Seminar (3) with a grade of B or better
  • Other approved courses may be substituted or HIST-797 Master’s Thesis Research (6) with grades of B or better

Electives (12-15 credits)

  • 12–15 credit hours in approved graduate course work 



Public History Concentration

The public history concentration requires 36 hours of credit. This includes the core and research requirements for the MA, 12 credit hours of approved electives, plus:

  • HIST-729 Public History Seminar (3) with a grade of B or better 
  • HIST-730 Public History Practicum (3) with a grade of B or better 
  • HIST-691 Internship in History (3)