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Program Requirements

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 two graduate programs leading to the Master of Arts degree.

  • “Plan A” (Thesis Option) requires 24 hours of course work plus a 6 credit-hour thesis. (Not available for Online Students)
  • “Plan B” (Non-Thesis Option) requires 36 hours of course work. (All Online Students take this option)
  • All students must take HIST 535: Historiography
  • 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

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 Program Advisor, Dr. Beth Plummer (

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Certain courses may be offered on a rotating basis, so please plan your program of study carefully. Contact Dr. Beth Plummer, the academic advisor for the program, for additional information on course offerings at

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 Last Modified 8/3/16