I. Master of Arts in History (36 hours)

Students must complete at least 21 hours of history at the 600 level and pursue a balanced course of study. In preparation for the preliminary examination, comprehensive examinations or thesis, students must choose from the following subjects:

  • United States History (U.S.)
  • European History (E.H.)
  • World History (W.H.)

A. Core Courses in History (15 hours)

  • GH-600, Introduction to Public History (3 hours)
  • GH-610, Methods of Research in History (3 hours)
  • US/EH/WH600/620 Readings/Seminar in History (9 hours)

B. Electives
Students may select electives from any 500 or 600 level courses, but no more than 15 credit hours at the 500 level. Normally no more than 6 hours may be chosen from GH/HP-601/602/603, Independent Study in History nor more than 6 hours of Independent Study from any one faculty member. A student wishing to enroll in more than 6 hours of Independent Study must request approval from the curriculum committee of the Department of History.

II. Admission to Candidacy

Having passed GH-600 and GH-610 with a grade of “B” or higher, the student must complete the Application for Admission to Candidacy form obtainable from the Graduate School office. At this time the student must also choose either the thesis or the non-thesis option. Students selecting the thesis option should at this time meet with the Graduate Advisor, choose a thesis advisor, and begin research toward completion of the thesis. Students selecting the non-thesis option should at this time meet with the Graduate Advisor and choose their areas of study and advisory committee [see IV. below] in preparation for comprehensive examinations. After being admitted to candidacy a student may register for comprehensive examinations or thesis hours.

III. Thesis/Non-Thesis (3-6 hours)

Candidates must select one of the following:

  • Candidates may elect to write a Thesis, GH-695-697, under the direction of his or her advisor. Upon completion of the thesis, the candidate will defend it before a committee selected by the candidate, the advisor, and the graduate dean. Candidates selecting this option are not required to take comprehensive examinations.
  • Candidates may elect to enroll in 6 additional hours of either US/WH-6XX, Readings in History, and/or US/WH-6XX, Seminar in History, and submit one graduate paper in lieu of the thesis. Candidates selecting this option are required to take comprehensive examinations, both written and oral. [see V below].
  • Historic Preservation (choose one):
    • Candidates in Historic Preservation may elect HP 640 Internship (3 hours) and HP 645 Advanced Projects in Applied History (3 hours). The Internship and Advanced Project
      are significant professional experiences in the field and are arranged according to the interests of the candidate. Candidates must also complete a four-hour written examination in two subject areas, one of which must be Historic Preservation, and submit a graduate paper in the area of concentration. [see V below].
    • Candidates in Historic Preservation may elect, under the direction of an advisor of the student’s choosing, to complete a Thesis (GH 695-697) or Creative Thesis in lieu of the Internship and Advanced Projects in Applied History requirements. The Creative Thesis combines scholarly and applied elements, expanding the field of knowledge, but takes a
      form other than the traditional thesis. Upon completing the Thesis/Creative Thesis, the candidate will defend it before a committee selected by the candidate, the thesis advisor, and the graduate dean. Candidates selecting the thesis option are exempt from the graduate paper and comprehensive examination requirements.

IV. Comprehensive Examinations

Candidates choosing to write comprehensive examinations must successfully complete a 6 hour written examination. The student will have 3 question areas, 2 of which must come from E.H., U.S. or W.H; the 3rd may come from any of the five subjects (E.H., U.S., W.H., H.P., S.S). No more than 2 questions can come from any single subject area. Three faculty members shall constitute the candidate’s advisory committee. The three question areas in which the candidate will be examined will be chosen by the candidate with approval of the Graduate Advisor. The candidate will discuss the examination material with the advisory committee well in advance of the examination. The advisory committee will grade the comprehensive examinations with particular attention to historical analysis, content, and clarity of writing. The advisory committee will then assign a grade of High Pass, Pass, Conditional Pass, or Unsatisfactory. Candidates must pass all three areas of the comprehensive examination. A student receiving a Conditional Pass will meet with the committee to determine what steps must be taken to rectify any problems brought to light by the examination. A student receiving an Unsatisfactory must re-take the examination the following semester. Following completion of the written portion of the comprehensive examination, candidates will undergo an oral examination of the same material. The graduate advisor will send formal notification of pass or fail to the graduate school.

Note: Non-thesis option History graduate students not completing the significant professional experience of the Internship and Advanced Project in Applied History will be required to
complete an additional examination area.

V. Assessment

Assessment of the candidate’s program will take place during the oral defense of the thesis for those students in the thesis option or during the oral examination following the written comprehensive examinations for those students in the non-thesis option.