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Non-Thesis Option

Students who choose the non-thesis option will complete six hours of HI 640, Directed Research and Study, and a comprehensive exam (HI 698).

To register for HI 640, you must first contact a faculty member who is willing to offer you the class in which your engage in independent research directed by a faculty member and produce a major writing project.  Generally, you would make this request of a faculty member with whom you have already taken coursework, but that is not a requirement. You should do this sooner, rather than later. To register, contact the departmental administrative assistant, Ms. Jeanne Baughman, during the pre-registration period of the semester in which you wish to register for the course.  Please send her an email from your University email account to jbaughman@una.edu requesting registration.  When registration closes, we are unable to register you for the course, and we cannot make exceptions as this is a University policy, not a departmental policy. You should not expect to take HI 640 in the summer as faculty are not always available. Some exceptions can be made, but there is no guarantee of that.

As you approach graduation, generally in your last semester, you should schedule your comprehensive exam. If you choose this option, you must contact the departmental administrative assistant, Ms. Jeanne Baughman, during the pre-registration period of the semester in which you wish to register for the exam.  Please send her an email from your University email account to jbaughman@una.edu requesting registration.  When registration closes, we are unable to register you for the comprehensive exam and that WILL delay your graduation. You should not expect to complete your comprehensive examination in the summer as faculty are not generally available. Some exceptions can be made, but there is no guarantee of that.

It is your responsibility to contact the faculty with whom you wish to sit for the exam. Your exam committee must have three faculty members. One of those faculty members will be the major field examiner, and provide two questions for the exam.  The other faculty members will provide one question each. Once you have confirmed your faculty, please contact the Graduate Coordinator with a list of those faculty, and be sure to denote which of them is the Major Field Examiner. You will also need to complete the Comprehensive Exam form and return it to the Graduate Coordinator.

The Graduate Coordinator will schedule the exam and provide you with the location. The comprehensive exam is generally given around week 8 of the semester. The exam will be completed on a computer.  Every effort will be made to find a time that fits all students’ schedules.

8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.—Major Field, two questions

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.—Lunch Break

12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.—Minor Field, two questions

You will answer a total of four questions. You must satisfactorily answer all four questions to pass your comprehensive examinations.

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Program of Study- History

Program of Study- Public History, Historical Administration

Program of Study- Public History, Historical Preservation