Jun 12, 2024  
2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin 
2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

History, Thesis Track, M.A.

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There are two tracks available for the M.A. in History:

  • Track 1, “Thesis,” is for students whose final goal is a Ph.D.
  • Track 2, “Non-thesis,” is for students wanting an intellectual challenge or professional credential.

Students can also enroll in:

  • “Cooperative Program in Education and History” for students who want to develop their historical understanding while working for a Master of Arts in Teaching (MTA).
  • “Joint Degree Program in Law and History” for students who want to pursue historical studies at the same time that they attend law school.
  • Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree Program

Thesis Track

Students enrolled in the thesis track must complete a minimum of thirty credit hours of graduate course work with a grade point average of not less than 3.0.

Students are expected to complete a written comprehensive examination.

Primary Fields:

United States
Comparative History: thematic field defined by advisor and relevant faculty

Thesis Option: (30 hours)

  • Major field of concentration (18 hours)
    •  including one research seminar
  • Course work outside the major field (6 hours)
    • These courses can be in history, the humanities, social sciences, or law.
  • Research and thesis (6 hours)
  • Upper level undergraduate history courses for deficiencies (9 hours)
    • (as needed)
  • Maximum credit hours of 6000-level course work (12 hours)


Students with the assistance of a faculty committee will present a public lecture on a particular historical moment or issue in the last semester of graduate work.

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