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Graduate Program Requirements

Graduate Program in History

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Students applying to the graduate program must meet general university admission requirements and have a minimum 3.0 GPA in at least 18 hours of undergraduate credit in history or history-related courses. The department may permit "stem work" in basic courses to bring students up to departmental requirements. Applications are accepted year-round, however the following admission deadlines will be in effect beginning with the Spring 2013 semester: August 1st for Fall admission, December 7th for Spring admission, May 7th for Summer I admission and June 15th for Summer II admission. The department offers 1) a 36-hour program without a thesis; and 2) a 30-hour program with a thesis, either a) with a general history focus, or b) with a public history focus. All applicants are required to submit a writing sample and two letters of recommendation to the Graduate Adviser.

  1. 36-hours without a thesis
    1. Students who plan to teach at the K-12 or junior college levels are encouraged to take the non-thesis track. This track consists of a 36-hour program culminating in a series of three comprehensive examinations. The non-thesis track requirements include History 530 (Historiography), History 580 (The Teaching of History), six hours from each of the four fields (Europe and the World to 1815, Europeand the World since 1815, the United States to 1865, and the United States since 1865), and six hours of elective history courses. No more than six hours of public history courses may be used to satisfy the requirements of the non-thesis track

    2. The student who is considering teaching in the public schools may substitute six hours of graduate education courses for the six hours of electives.

  2. 30-hour program with a thesis
    1. Students planning to continue to the Ph.D. level or those who desire a more specialized course of study are encouraged to follow the thesis track. In this program the coursework includes History 530 (Historiography), History 531 (Historical Research, Writing, and Editing), and History 590 (Thesis Writing). The student will also take three hours from each of the four fields listed above and six hours of elective history courses. No more than six hours of public history courses may be used to satisfy the requirements of this thesis track.

    2. Students wishing to pursue the thesis track MA with an Emphasis in Public History will take twelve hours of specific courses: History 530 (Historiography), History 535 (Introduction to Public History), and History 590 (Thesis Writing). The student will also take an additional twelve hours of public history courses and six additional hours of American history, three from each of the two American history fields.


Graduate Minor in History

A student pursuing a master's degree in an area outside the Department of History may take a first minor in history. The first minor in history consists of nine hours of history as approved by the graduate program adviser.

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