The Department of History's Master of Arts (M.A.) degree program has four concentrations:
- United States History
- European History
- Global History
- Catholic History
The program requires successful completion of 10 courses (30 credits). All students must take HIST 6190 The Historian's Craft, at least one Program in Directed Readings (PDR) course (HIST 7221-7550), as well as four additional courses in the chosen area of concentration, and electives in at least one other area. Advanced graduate students may choose either to conduct two semesters of thesis research and writing (HIST 9111-9112) or to complete comprehensive written and oral examinations (HIST 9110) in the final semester of study. Those continuing for a doctorate are strongly urged to complete a thesis.
The graduate program requires all students to pass a foreign language translation exam (proving reading knowledge), or demonstrate mastery of advanced statistical methods. Students are expected to be, or to become, familiar with computer technology and with the major databases used to access historical materials.
Capstone: Thesis and Oral/Written Examination Options
Students within the M.A. program have the option of choosing between researching and writing a graduate thesis or undertaking both a 180-minute written examination and an oral examination at the conclusion of their final semester in the program.
There are three options within the degree programs in the Department of History, as follows:
B.A./M.A. Dual Degree Option
This study option is designed to allow for completion of both the undergraduate (B.A.) and graduate (M.A.) degrees in a total of 10 semesters (five years of study). After having completed 75 credits toward a B.A. with at least 21 credits in history, students may apply for admission to this joint degree program. Accepted candidates will normally be expected to enroll in two approved graduate-level history courses each semester of their senior year of study for a total of 12 credits. During the fifth year of study, students will be expected to enroll in a total of three approved graduate-level courses each semester for a total of 18 credits.
M.A. Degree Option – Full Time
This study option is designed to allow for completion of the graduate degree in four semesters (two years of study). During their first year of graduate study, students are expected to enroll in three approved graduate-level courses per semester. During their second year of study, students are expected to enroll in the remaining four approved graduate-level courses.
M.A. Degree Option – Part Time
This study option is designed to allow for completion of the graduate degree while attending school part time. Students who choose this option have the freedom to complete their course work, research and writing over a longer span of time by attending on a part-time basis.