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M.A. in History

The Master of Arts degree in History 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 curriculum in history provides a sound basis to:

  • Deepen students’ knowledge of history and historical literature.
  • Assist high school teachers to further their expertise in history and aid them in becoming “highly qualified” teachers as defined under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act.
  • Prepare students for advanced study at the Ph.D. level or for entry into professional schools such as law, library science, journalism, seminary training, and for careers in business, educational institutions, government, and other areas that require an advanced degree.
  • Prepare students for careers in instruction at the community college level, in historical research, government service, and for advancement in job preparation and salary for professionals in education, business, and industry.

The Master 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 a 15-hour core that encompasses a course in Historiography and Research Methods as well as four graduate colloquia in United States and World history. Additionally, 12 hours of Electives are required along with 6 hours of thesis work, and the successful defense of a thesis.
  • The 33-hour non-thesis option requires a 15-hour core that encompasses a course in Historiography and Research Methods as well as four graduate colloquia in United States and World history, Additionally, 12 hours of Electives are required along with six hours of Directed Research and Study. Students pursuing this option must also complete a comprehensive examination.

In addition, both options require demonstration of a research skill. That skill may be reading knowledge of a foreign language. Other options exist to demonstrate research skill proficiency as appropriate for each student’s area of study.

The M.A. in History is offered as both a residential program and as a fully-online program.

 


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