While working toward a master's degree in history, the student will develop a knowledge base in history, the ability to locate and gather information, capabilities for critical thinking and analysis, and the ability to communicate historical knowledge. Experiences in the Department's graduate programs will enhance the professional capabilities of those already working in history-related fields, such as social studies teaching or historic preservation, but they can also prepare the student to pursue a Ph.D. in history or to seek employment in several other areas in which historical knowledge is valued. Students seeking a graduate degree that provides intellectual challenge and a sense of camaraderie will find the Department of History a welcoming place.
This prepares the student for advanced professional study or career placement. Students will enhance investigative and communicative skills acquired as undergraduates and demonstrate their mastery of historical research and judgment through a program that integrates extensive research in a special topic with broad study across various areas.
This prepares the student for further study or career placement or further study in built environment preservation and documentationmuseums, historical sites or agencies, museums and archives. Students choosing the historic preservation emphasis will take a series of courses designed to familiarize them with issues in public history, material culture, the historic landscape, and the built environment. Students will participate in field exercises and projects that take history out of the classroom and into public venues. The Certificate in Historic Preservation focuses upon similar themes and skills but requires the completion of only 18 hours. Hours earned in completing the requirements for a certificate may also be applied to the full master's degree in public history.
This prepares the student for fields at the intersection of education and public history. Students choosing the heritage education emphasis will hone skills aimed at connecting classrooms with museums and historic sites. Students will develop a familiarity with issues confronting social studies teachers and public history educators, study the contexts in which those professionals work, and develop plans for increasing student learning in those contexts that highlight the collaborative possibilities between classrooms and public history institutions. The Certificate in Heritage Education shares this cross-profession emphasis but requires only 18 hours. Hours earned in completing the requirements for a certificate may also be applied to the full master's degree in public history.
To be admitted to the Graduate Program in History, applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree with 24 semester hours of undergraduate credit in the field. In addition to the admission requirements of the Graduate School, the Department of History requires that all applicants submit:
Under certain circumstances, an applicant who fails to meet some of the above requirements may be admitted provisionally.
The Graduate Program in History requires 36 credit hours to graduate. See the Graduate Bulletin for details.
Depending upon the specific program and individual interest, students may: a) elect to write a thesis or creative thesis; b) enroll in six additional hours of 600-level coursework, write a graduate paper, and take comprehensive examinations; or c) complete an internship and an advanced project.
Students graduating from the Graduate Program in History have been accepted into Ph.D. programs at numerous institutions, including the University of Leeds, England; the University of Kentucky; and the University of North Texas. Others have found employment in the State Office of Historic Preservation in Mississippi, Alaska, and North Dakota; the US Forest Service in Virginia; the Adirondack Architectural Heritage in New York; and in schools throughout the region and nation.
The department has competitive graduate assistantships available, which allow students to receive tuition, a stipend, and opportunities for teaching experiences. Please contact the Department of History office in Carnahan Hall, (573) 651-2180, for information on openings and the application procedure.
The Department of History is located in A.S.J. Carnahan Hall, which also houses the Lynn S. Bollinger Center for Regional History. In regard to research materials, Kent Library houses over 430,000 books and offers access to over 20,000 journals, magazines, and newspapers. Special Collections and Archives, located within Kent Library, houses thousands of primary documents related to Southeast Missouri and the Mississippi River Region.
Department of History
311 Carnahan Hall MS 2960
One University Plaza
Southeast Missouri State University
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Phone: (573) 651-2763