May 26, 2024  
2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin 
2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

History, Non-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

Non-Thesis Track

Students enrolled in the non-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 must successfully present a public lecture.

Primary Fields

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

Non-Thesis Option (36 hours)

  • Major field of concentration (18 hours)
    • (including one research seminar)
  • Coursework outside the major field (6 hours)
    • These courses can be in history, the humanities, social sciences or law.
  • Additional course work in history (12 hours)
  • Upper level undergraduate history courses for deficiencies (9 hours)
  • Maximum credit hours of 6000-level course work (15 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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