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Extended Research

Extended Research

The MA program in History offers a set of courses in which students can develop extended research interests. Students must select an advisor and develop a proposal for a specific research agenda in the semester before beginning work on a project.


HIST 6950, Thesis Option Available for All Students

All students have the option of writing a thesis, which would fulfill 6 credit hours at the 6000 level in their major field. See below for details.

Public History Capstone Options

Students majoring in Public History must complete either a thesis (HIST 6950, six credits) or a project (HIST 6952, three credits).

HIST 6951, Optional Advanced History Curriculum Development

Students who undertake their master's program when they are already teachers or plan to become teachers can choose to construct curriculum projects relevant to their teaching practice. See "Opportunities for Teachers and Teachers-in-Training."

HIST 6950, Thesis Requirements

Students writing theses will develop an original research agenda resulting in an extended paper. Students work with their major field advisor who will help guide them through the process of research and writing. Students will take two semesters of HIST 6950 to complete their theses. 

A thesis is evaluated by three faculty: the major advisor and two other faculty members chosen by the student in consultation with the major advisor. Upon completion of the thesis, the student meets with the committee to discuss the research and conclusions, which the student will defend. In many instances, the committee will require further revisions before the thesis is accepted and cleared for submission to the Graduate School in fulfillment of degree requirements.

HIST 6952, Public History Project Requirements

In lieu of a thesis, Public History majors may choose to enroll in one semester of HIST 6952 to complete a public history project. Projects, which are usually conducted in collaboration with a public history organization, may entail creating an exhibit, organizing a museum or archival collection, conducting a preservation survey, or similar activities. Students are required to prepare a paper describing the process and results of their project.