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Program Curriculum

The M.A. in History offers students flexibility in the course work they pursue by encouraging that the program for each individual be built around areas of interest. The History Department offers the Plan B (Non-Thesis Option) online graduate program which requires 36 hours of course work and leads to the Master of Arts degree.

Required Core Courses (3 hours)

  • HIST 535: Historiography

Concentration Courses (12 Hours)

Students undertaking graduate study in history should develop a broad understanding and knowledge of history and the historian's craft.  In addition, students must develop a profound understanding of a relatively narrow area of history.  Each candidate for an M.A. in history must complete at least four courses (12 credit hours) in an area of concentration.

Students may choose to concentrate in one of the following areas:

  • Pre-Modern Europe/World (Ancient World to Early Modern Europe)
    • Course offerings coming January 2017
  • Modern Europe (Enlightenment to Present)
    • Course offerings coming January 2017
  • Non-Western World
    • Course offerings coming January 2017
  • Pre- Civil War United States (including Civil War)
    • Course offerings coming January 2017
  • Post- Civil War United States
    • Course offerings coming January 2017

Research Tool (hours)

All students must demonstrate competence in a research tool. In order to fulfill this requirement, students may pass a foreign language proficiency exam or take certain courses that develop research skills

  • Course offerings coming January 2017

Selected Elective Courses ( hours)

In addition to courses outlined above, students must complete hours of electives in combination with transferred hours relating to history with advisor approval.Courses may be selected from the list below.

  • Course offerings coming January 2017

Please note the following as you plan your program of study:

  • Students may transfer up to 12 hours from another graduate program to fulfill program requirements (if courses meet transfer requirements).
  • Certain courses may be offered on a rotating basis, so please plan your program of study carefully
  • To learn about course offerings and other program requirements, and to build a program that’s right for you, please contact the History Department’s Graduate Advisor, Dr. Marko Dumancic by email at marko.dumancic@wku.edu.

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