History - M.A. and Ph.D.
|DESCRIPTION:||The Master of Arts in History consist of three concentrations: History, Public History and History for Teachers.
The Master of Arts in History offers students the opportunity for advanced study in a variety of areas. Coursework emphasizes interpretation, methodology and original research. Students who anticipate continuing their graduate study beyond the M.A. should pursue one of the thesis tracks; non-thesis options are available for those who do not expect to go on to doctoral work.
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.
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.
The Ph.D. in History prepares students to become professional scholars, college and university teachers and independent researchers in private or public research institutions.
|Official transcript(s); GRE; statement of purpose describing professional objectives and proposed field of study; significant piece of written work; and three letters of recommendation (preferably academic). The Ph.D. also requires an M.A. in History (or its equivalent).
|M.A.: All students must successfully complete History 61001 and 61002. Students selecting a thesis option must demonstrate a reading knowledge of one or more foreign languages if their advisers determine that it is necessary for research. HIST 69896 and 69898 are not generally available until students have earned 20 semester hours.
Ph.D.: The student will elect one general, one specialized, and one thematic field. General fields include Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and United States. Specialized fields include topical and regional areas of Europe and the United States, public history, and gender/women. Either the general or the specialized field must be the field embracing the dissertation. The thematic field must combine two different continents, or the modern period and a chronological period before 1500, and revolve around a common theme. Thematic fields include political/intellectual, social/cultural, empire/foreign relations, and religion and society. (Current lists of all general, specialized, and thematic fields may be obtained from the department.) In addition to fulfilling university requirements, the student must meet those of the Department of History. The student must complete successfully HIST 79894, and a combination of six 7/80000-level seminars and colloquia. The department requires that the student demonstrate reading knowledge of one foreign language by the end of the third semester after initial registration. The student’s adviser will determine if the student needs to demonstrate reading knowledge of a second or third foreign language. All students must elect additional courses in a discipline or research area related to history that will be useful in completing their dissertations.
|CANDIDACY:||Ph.D.: After completing all of the requirements, the student takes written and oral examinations in the three elected fields of history.