Graduate Studies

History
2017-2018

Please refer to the History graduate program section for information including departmental contact information, list of graduate faculty members, program description, and course descriptions.

Bachelor of Arts in History/Master of Arts in History

The Bachelor of Science in History/Master of Arts in History integrated degree program allows eligible students majoring in History to complete their undergraduate and graduate degree in History in a five year period.

Requirements for Enrollment

Admission into the integrated program in History requires a minimum of a cumulative GPA and a major GPA of 3.25.

Integrated Degree Program Description

Students accepted into the program will have to fulfill current requirements for the History Bachelor of Arts Degree (120-127 s.h. for History option, 126 s.h. for Pre-Law option, and 152 s.h. for History-Teacher Education option), as well as current graduate requirements for the History Master of Arts degree (31 s.h. for the Thesis option, 34 s.h. for the Applied Project option and 37 s.h. for the Coursework option). Given the additional semester hours required for History-Teacher Education, we cannot guarantee students pursuing this option a completion of the integrated program in five years.

Integrated Degree Requirements

Up to nine hours of the following bridge courses may count in both the undergraduate degrees and the Master’s degree in History:  HIST 400G/B, HIST 402G/B, HIST 414G/B, HIST 420G/B, HIST 421G/B, HIST 423G/B, HIST 426G/B, HIST 430G/B, HIST 431G/B, HIST 433G/B, HIST 434G/B, HIST 438G/B, HIST 482G/B, HIST 483G/B, HIST 485G/B, HIST 488G/B, HIST 494G/B. If taken after the undergraduate degree has been completed, those courses should not be taken with the “B” designator.

The Master of Arts degree in history may be earned by one of three plans of study.

Plan I. Thesis

Students choosing the Thesis plan must first secure approval from the graduate director and the consent of a professor who is willing to direct the thesis before pursuing this option. The Thesis Option requires 31 semester hours of course work, including the completion of a master’s-level history thesis. The student writes the thesis in his/her major field, which is customarily in US or European history. The student can request to write a thesis in another field, but only after securing the approval of the thesis advisor, the graduate director, and the graduate committee. Two research seminars are required in this plan. Students should commit to the thesis option no later than the second semester in the MA program. Students must pass the written exam (History 698) shortly after enrolling in History 600. Because the student will need to do background reading, research, writing, and work with a committee of at least three readers/advisors, students should allow three semesters (and summer break) for the process. To earn the master’s degree the student must successfully defend the thesis (Exit Option A) upon its completion.

Students in the thesis plan must enroll in the following:

HIST 500 Historical Theory and Methods (4)
4 courses: Major field of study (12)
3 courses: Minor field of study (9)
HIST 698 Written Exam (0)
HIST 600 Thesis Research (3)
HIST 601 Thesis Completion and Defense (3)

TOTAL PROGRAM: 31 s.h.

Plan II. Applied Project

Students choosing the Applied Project plan must first secure the approval of the graduate director and the consent of a professor who is willing to direct the Applied Project. The Applied Project requires 35 semester hours on topics spread across a variety of geographic areas. Students are required to choose their major and minor areas of study. In addition to the courses that cover the major/minor areas, students must also complete History 500, two research seminars, one readings seminar in the major field, and History 698 and 699. The project must be approved by the graduate advisor and graduate committee. Possible projects include, but are not limited to, the following: presenting a professional conference paper, editing a series of primary documents, writing a paper for publication, conducting and transcribing oral history interviews, and curating museum displays. Students must enroll in History 599 for at least 4 semester hours to complete the Applied Project. Students are required to successfully complete written and oral exams during their last semester of coursework. The materials required for the oral exam must include a description of the methodology and significance of the Applied Project. The professor supervising the Applied Project must be on the examination committee.

Students in the Applied Project plan must enroll in the following:

HIST 500 Historical Theory and Methods (4)
5 courses: Major field of study (15)
3 courses: Minor field of study (9)
1 Elective (3)
HIST 599 Applied Project (4)
HIST 698 Written Exam (0)
HIST 699 Oral Exam (0)

Courses taken to satisfy requirements 2-4 must include at least one reading
seminar in the major field and two research seminars.

TOTAL PROGRAM: 35 s.h.

Plan III. General Coursework

Students choosing the General Coursework plan must first secure the approval of the graduate director. In this plan, students are required to take 37 semester hours of courses on topics spread across a variety of geographic areas. Students must choose a major and a minor area of study. In addition to covering the major and minor areas, students must also complete History 500, two research seminars, one readings seminar in the major field, and History 698 and 699. Students are required to take written exam and oral exams in their last semester of coursework.

Students in the General Coursework plan must enroll in the following:

HIST 500 Historical Theory and Methods (4)
6 courses: Major field of study (18)
3 courses: Minor field of study (9)
2 courses: Electives (6)
HIST 698 Written Exam (0)
HIST 699 Oral Exam (0)

Courses taken to satisfy requirements 2-4 must include at least one reading seminar in the major field and two research seminars.

TOTAL PROGRAM: 37 s.h.

The three pre-approved major fields of study are U.S., Comparative World, and European history. A student’s major field may be in another area, but students must secure permission from the graduate director and the graduate committee. The pre-approved minor fields are – based on instructor availability – United States, Europe, Asia, and Comparative World. The minor field may be a thematic area (e.g. gender, diplomatic, military, labor, etc.), but students must secure permission from the graduate director and the graduate committee. Prospective students should familiarize themselves with the faculty in the history department when considering major and minor fields.Non-Meteorology majors who apply to the program are strongly recommended to meet the Department Graduate Program Coordinator to discuss any deficiencies.