History majors with a minimum GPA of 3.4 have the option of completing 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 three approved graduate-level courses per semester for a total of 18 credits.
The courses students take must include the introductory course “The Historian’s Craft” (HIST 6190) a minimum of one Program in Directed Readings (PDR) course, and four courses in the chosen area of concentration (either United States, European, global, or Catholic history). To complete the degree students may choose either to conduct two semesters of research and writing leading to the completion of an M.A. thesis or to pass comprehensive written examinations in the final semester of study.
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