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Curriculum

The Department of History is excited to announce an updated curriculum that offers students more choices of classes and new minor fields of study. The M.A. degree requires 30 credits and passing two comprehensive examinations--one written and one oral.

Please note: We do not presently offer online courses or an online degree.

You can complete your Master's in four semesters through one of the following options, each of which qualifies you as a full-time student within the McAnulty Graduate School of Liberal Arts:

If you want to write a thesis, Option 1 works best, as it allows you more time to do thesis research and writing (which you will do in your final two semesters).

If you do not write a thesis, Option 2 works best, as it allows for extra time to focus on the research seminar (HIST 602), which is typically taken in your first spring semester.

You do not have to complete the degree in four semesters as a full-time student. Some of our students work full-time or have other obligations that require them to take fewer courses each semester. It is university policy that master's students complete their degree requirements within six years.

Curriculum: 30 credits total

You have the opportunity to focus your graduate work in one of three major geographical areas (1, 2, or 3) and in one of three study tracks (A, B, or C):

1. American/U.S. History Area

A. Thesis Track

B. Non-Thesis with Minor Track

C. Non-Thesis without Minor Track

2. European History Area

A. Thesis Track

B. Non-Thesis with Minor Track

C. Non-Thesis without Minor Track

3. Global/International History Area

A. Thesis Track

B. Non-Thesis with Minor Track

C. Non-Thesis without Minor Track


Please note that all courses are 3 credits. Also, although some courses are listed in two different geographical areas (e.g. European and Global), each course can fulfill only one requirement or elective.
No more than 6 transfer credits may be applied to the Master's History degree. For a list of all classes, please visit our Course Descriptions page.