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.Graduate students in history develop skills in critical thinking, writing and independent research. 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
The Master of Arts in History requires 37 semester hours (12 courses + Comprehensive Exam).
Thesis No Thesis
Public History with a Thesis Public History with a Project
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
- Middle East Europe
- The Mediterranean
- United States
- Early Republic
- Nineteenth Century U.S.
- The West
- Twentieth Century US Foreign Policy
- Global (See also thematic fields)
- Pacific World
Colonialism and Imperialism
Economic and Business History
Gender and Sexuality
Citizenship and National Identity
War, Revolution, and Genocide
Frontiers and Borderlands
Race and Ethnicity
Science, Medicine, and Society
Migration and Immigration
Policing and Legal History
Public History Concentrations
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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