Beginning Fall 2015, the Master of Arts in History will require 37 semester hours (12 courses + Comprehensive Exam). Students applying for admission to the Master of Arts in History should have some background in history, though not necessarily a BA in the subject. The department encourages applications from individuals of any age interested in resuming their education. Graduate students in history develop skills in critical thinking, writing and independent research. Our program prepares students for a wide variety of professions, including teaching, government service, museum and archive management, and historic preservation, as well as further degree work in history, law, librarianship and business. The department expects that students graduating with an MA in History will master the following general skills for their degrees:
- the ability to pursue independent historical research projects
- the ability to analyze historiographical arguments
- the ability to analyze primary documents and develop arguments from them
- the ability to create bibliographies using archival, library and Internet resources
- the ability to write in a variety of formats, including historiographical essays, book reviews and research papers
Students will also master knowledge of the basic historical content of both their major and minor fields, and an understanding of the historiographies and historical methods in their major and minor fields.