The Master of Arts in History is designed to prepare students for the teaching of history on the junior and senior college level; to provide the initial graduate work for those who intend to pursue a doctoral degree; and to enhance the preparation of secondary teachers of history who desire to meet certification requirements through such a program.
The Department offers an online, non-thesis option leading to Master of Arts degree. Courses are offered on a rotating basis, but set up to allow students to complete the M.A. in three years.
Our mission is to engage students in the pursuit of knowledge while preparing them for a wide variety of careers. We believe that asking questions and seeking knowledge, either for practical reasons or out of curiosity, is one of the most worthy of all pursuits.
The study of history flows from our desire to understand how humans have tried to turn their hopes into reality. Examining these past efforts can be both exhilarating and humbling. The human past is a record of remarkable achievements, astonishing in their variety. The past, however, also gives evidence of the fragility of those achievements.
The minimum requirements for acceptance are as follows:
2. Submit Required Materials:
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.
Students must complete at least 4 courses in an area of concentration in one of the following areas:
All students must demonstrate competence in a research tool. In order to fulfill this
requirement, students may demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language by passing
a proficiency exam or take certain courses that develop research skills. A grade of B is required in any research tool course. The Modern Languages Department
will administer language proficiency exams.
In addition to courses outlined above, students must complete 21 hours of electives in combination with transferred hours relating to history with advisor approval.Courses may be selected from the list below.
Please note the following as you plan your program of study:
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