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M.A. Program General Description

The Kent State University Department of History offers a variety of options for students seeking an M.A. in history. 

All M.A. students regardless of their major program area hone their skills in critical reading/thinking, discussion, primary source analysis, and analytical writing.  The core of the M.A. program, regardless of concentration, consists of reading colloquia and writing seminars.  All students also complete required courses in historiography and historical research methods.  

Students intending to go on for doctoral work complete an M.A. thesis demonstrating their capacity for original history research.

Traditional History

(thesis options with and without course work in a cognate discipline and a non-thesis option)

Public History

(thesis and non-thesis option)

Public History prepares students for work in museums, historical societies, business and wherever the expertise of a professional historian is needed. The interdisciplinary program includes at least one internship.

M.A. Public History in National Parks (with CVNP)

Our collaboration with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park includes internships in the park, as well as courses on Public History and its application to national parks.

M.A. Public History in Cultural Landscapes (with the University of Wurzburg)

Students will study and compare how local history is defined and presented in Kent, Wurzburg, and Florence to better understand the transitional nature of local and public history. Some knowledge of German language is preferred.

History for Teachers

History for Teachers is for teachers interested in advanced study of history. Coursework is focused on current scholarship and approaches to history, and while it is not a degree in history pedagogy, it is designed to encourage the application of current historical scholarship to the work responsibilities of the practicing teacher. The program provides school professionals with a structured but flexible approach to analyzing and teaching history while permitting interdisciplinary work in related fields or areas particularly relevant to students' professional objectives.