Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30

Required Courses:

HIST 8714Historical Methods3
Select one of the following:3
HIST 8101
Introduction to American History I (to 1865) 1
HIST 8103
Studies in American Diplomatic History
HIST 8152
Managing History 1
HIST 8209
United States Foreign Policy in the Cold War
HIST 8301
Introduction to European History
HIST 8701
Introduction to World History
One writing seminar3
Other coursework determined by the student's specific interests and goals18
HIST 9996Master's Thesis 23
Total Credit Hours30

Those with a concentration in Public History are required to take both HIST 8101 and HIST 8152.


Students must complete 27 s.h. of coursework before registering for HIST 9996, the 3-credit M.A. Thesis Colloquium.

Internship: An internship is required only of students pursuing Public History as a primary or secondary field. 

Additional Requirements:
Students in the general M.A. program must take two courses (6 credits) of coursework outside the student's primary field of study as they are prohibited from taking courses exclusively in one geographic area. Courses of a comparative nature, including independent study courses, offered in fulfillment of this geographic distribution requirement must include readings that are at least 50% outside the student's primary geographic area. HIST 9996, the M.A. Thesis Colloquium, does not satisfy this requirement. Further, the geographic distribution requirement does not apply to those with a concentration in Public History.

Culminating Events:
All M.A. students submit and defend a master's thesis to complete the requirements for the degree. A student preparing to defend a thesis should notify the Graduate Secretary of the date and time s/he has confirmed with her/his thesis committee, which consists of the student's advisor and another member of the History Department's Graduate Faculty chosen by the student. The student must be enrolled at the time of the defense.

University-wide regulations governing an M.A. student at the time of matriculation apply throughout her/his career until the degree is received. If departmental or college regulations change, the student similarly follows the rules in place at the time of her/his matriculation unless s/he obtains approval of the advisory committee and written permission from the Graduate Council to follow more recent requirements.