About Our Program   

Students applying for admission to the Master of Arts in History should have some background in history, though not necessarily a BA in the subject. 

Our program prepares students for a wide variety of professions, including teaching, government service, museum management, and historic preservation, as well as further degree work in history, law, librarianship and business. The department encourages applications from individuals of any age interested in resuming their education.

Learning Outcomes

Graduate students in history develop skills in critical thinking, writing and independent research. Through history courses, students should be proficient in the following areas characteristic of critical thinking:

  • Textual analysis. Analyze texts of a variety of types, distinguishing the various philosophical, historical, and/or literary elements.
  • Interpretive skills. Engage with texts to develop supported meaningful readings.
  • Context awareness. Identify the cultural, historical, and intellectual influences on a text.
  • Ethical thinking. Recognize various ethical situations and ideas, and distinguish viable ethical positions from simple opinions or self-interest.

The department expects that students graduating with an MA in History will master the following general skills for their degrees:

  • the ability to pursue independent historical research projects
  • the ability to analyze historiographical arguments
  • the ability to analyze primary documents and develop arguments from them
  • the ability to create bibliographies using archival, library and Internet resources
  • the ability to write in a variety of formats, including historiographical essays, book reviews, and research papers

Plans of Study

Guidelines for all graduate programs can be found in the Graduate Student Handbook

The Master of Arts in History requires 36 semester hours (12 courses + Comprehensive Exam).

Thesis  No Thesis 

Public History with a Thesis  Public History with a Project

Curriculum Development

Concentrations and Research Focuses

Select your major and minor fields from two of the following three groups. You may choose a major field in any of the following three groups.  Then, your minor field must concentrate on one of the other two groups.  Example: Major in Latin American History, with a minor in Cultural History.

  • East Asia
  • Latin America
    • Mexico
    • South America
  • Middle East
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • Britain
  • The Mediterranean
  • United States
    • Colonial
    • Early Republic
    • Nineteenth Century U.S.
    • The West
    • Twentieth Century US Foreign Policy
    • Colorado
  • Global (See also thematic fields)
    • Atlantic World
  • Pacific World
  • ​Colonialism and Imperialism 
  • Cultural History
  • Social History
  • Foreign Policy
  • Economic and Business History
  • Environmental History
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Citizenship and National Identity
  • War, Revolution, and Genocide
  • Globalization
  • Urban History
  • Frontiers and Borderlands
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Science, Medicine, and Society
  • Intellectual History
  • Material Culture
  • Migration and Immigration
  • Policing and Legal History
  • Indigenous Histories
  • Note: Majors in Public History must follow the Plan of Study for Public History.

    • Memory and Community
    • Museum Studies
    • Historic Preservation

    Application Deadlines and Requirements

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