M.A. in History

Degree Requirements

  • Credit Hours: Students are required to complete a minimum of 30 credit hours in History at the graduate level.  Up to 12 credits can be at the 400 or 500 level.
  • Grade Point Average: Students must earn a minimum overall GPA of 2.75, and a GPA of 3.00 in coursework applied to their graduate program.
  • Graduation Requirement: Students have the option of either taking a comprehensive examination or completing a thesis.
    • Master's Thesis:  The thesis must be based on original research that demonstrates a critical engagement with primary sources and the secondary literature and is developed in multiple chapters. Students must first prepare a thesis prospectus, which must be approved by their thesis committee, before writing and successfully defending the thesis in an oral examination. A maximum of six hours of credit for HIST 697 can be taken for writing the thesis.
    • Comprehensive Examination:  Students who choose this option must register for HIST 795 while preparing for their exam.  In their final semester, they complete comprehensive exams in their major and minor fields, based on their coursework and in consultation with a faculty adviser for each field. The comprehensive exams include a written component and an oral defense.
  • Progress toward completion: Students will be evaluated annually. If adequate progress is not made, students may be placed on probation or suspended from the program. All students should complete a plan of study by the end of their second semester. Students who choose the thesis option should defend their thesis proposal prior to the beginning of the semester in which they intend to graduate, and submit and defend their thesis during the semester in which they intend to graduate. Students who choose the examination option should take HIST 795 and complete written and oral examinations during the semester in which they intend to graduate.
  • Additional Requirements: Individual faculty may require their students to master one or more languages or to demonstrate proficiency in particular research methods (quantitative analysis, paleography, GIS, etc.) or to develop other skills as necessary for their areas of study and thesis projects.

Curriculum Requirements

Select one of the following sequences:
Readings in Medieval History
and Seminar in Medieval History
Readings in Early Modern History 3 Hr
and Seminar in Early Modern History
Readings In Modern European History
and Seminar in Modern European History
Readings in African History
and Seminar in African History
Readings In American History: 1585-1763
and Seminar in American History: 1585-1763
Readings in United States History: 1787-1850
and Seminar in United States History: 1787-1850
Readings in United States History: 1840-1898
and Seminar in United States History: 1850-1898
Readings in United States History: 1898-Present
and Seminar in United States History: 1898-Present
Readings in United States Diplomatic History
and Seminar in United States Diplomatic History
Readings in Appalachian Regional History
and Seminar in Appalachian Regional History
Any 2 HIST courses related to the field at the 400 level or above. *
Select any 3 HIST courses 400 level or above *
Select one option:
Independent Study
Total Hours30