Department of History & Political Science

Master of Arts Degree Program in History

Program Description

The Master of Arts degree in History program is intended to meet the educational needs of those aspiring to professional advancement in the study and/or teaching of history or in other professions requiring an advanced degree. The proposed curriculum in history provides a sound basis for students to accomplish the following four objectives:

The Masters of Arts in History is organized as a generalist program, with an emphasis on United States History. The program offers two options: thesis and non-thesis. The 33-hour thesis option requires 27 hours of coursework, 6 hours of thesis work, and the successful defense of a thesis. The non-thesis option requires 33 hours of coursework (six of which must be seminar courses), and the successful completion of a comprehensive examination. Both options require a 15-hour core that encompasses a course in Historiography and Research Methods as well as four graduate colloquia in United States and European History. The remaining coursework–12 hours–is composed of 500 and 600 level electives.

Graduate Courses
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For more information contact: Jeffrey Bibbee, Ph.D. - Director of Graduate Studies,, ph: 256-765-4533 or Christopher Maynard, Ph.D. - Chair of the Department of History and Political Science,, phone: 256-765-4541.

Send Application Materials to:

University of North Alabama
Office of Graduate Admissions (History)
Box 5011
Florence, Alabama 35632-0001