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:
A. Core Courses in History (15 hours)
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.
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.
Candidates must select one of the following:
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
complete an additional examination area.
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.