The Master of Arts in History requires 36 hours. All History MA students must have a major field and a minor field, and they must complete half their coursework at the 6000 level.
Plans of Study
Degree Requirements before Fall 2009
Required Introductory Course: 3 credits
Introduction to the Professional Study of History
This course introduces students to historiography and historical practice. It familiarizes students with historical thinking and research methodologies and skills. Students must take this class within their first 12 credit hours.
Major: 18 credits
Core course in Major Field
Each major field has a core course covering major approaches and themes. The core course familiarizes students with the field in a broad sense. (3 credits)
Research seminars focus on students’ development of an original, primary research paper. (3 credits if pursuing an extended research option [see below]. The MA requires a second Research Seminar for students not pursuing an extended research option; the second three credits can be taken within the major or minor field).
Electives are made up of courses in the major and concentration, including readings courses, which address specific field historiographies, and optional extended research credits. (9-12 credits)
Minor: 12 credits
Electives are made up of courses in the minor field, including readings courses, which address specific field historiographies, or research seminars.
Open elective: 3 credits
Students may use the open elective to explore a course outside their major or minor, or to do extra coursework in one of their fields.
The History Department will not accept grades lower that B- (2.7) in UCD history courses toward the completion of coursework for the Master's degree. Students who earn less than a B- in the Introduction to the Professional Study of History must retake the class.
Independent Studies and/or Internships
Candidates may register for up to 6 hours of internships or independent study, only one of which may be at the 6000-level. Students will not be allowed to fulfill the research seminar requirement with an independent study. Any independent study at the 6000-level needs the permission of the Graduate Advisor. Students interested in pursuing an independent study must find a faculty member willing to oversee their work, and they should expect the workload for an independent study to equal or exceed that required for other courses at the same level.