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Master of Arts

Pre-Fall 2009 Plan Options


For students entering the history master's program pre fall 2009, candidates have five options.

Plan I (Traditional degree with thesis option)

This traditional plan requires 24 semester hours of course work and a thesis (6 hours of thesis credit). Under this plan, candidates must include a minimum of 12 semester hours of course work at the 6000 level. The plan requires a minimum of 12 hours in the major field and 9 hours in the minor field. Thesis writing shall be done under the supervision of the candidate’s major advisor.

Plan II (nonthesis option)

This non-traditional master's plan requires 30 semester hours of course work. Under Plan II, candidates must include a minimum of 15 semester hours of course work at the 6000 level, including at least 15 hours in the major field and 9 hours in the minor field. Except in special circumstances, the department strongly recommends the thesis option.

Plan III -- Public History specialty

This plan requires a total of 36 semester hours with at least 18 hours in the major field, 9 hours in a minor field, and 6 hours of thesis or thesis equivalent.

Plan IV -- Designed for Teachers

Requiring 30 semester hours, Plan IV includes at least 12 hours of course work in the major field, 9 hours in the minor field, and 6 hours in advanced history curriculum development (in lieu of a thesis).

Plan V -- M.A. with a Secondary Teacher Licensure

This plan permits students to earn both the master’s degree in history and secondary teacher licensure. Students in Plan V must complete 30 credit hours in history (including a 12-credit major field, a 9-credit minor content field, and a 6-credit curriculum and methods minor field) and 37 credit hours in the School of Education and Human Development’s Initial Professional Teacher Education (IPTE) program. Up to 17 history hours and IPTE hours are eligible for cross-credit.

All plans require a comprehensive examination in the major and minor fields after the completion of course work.