M.A. students may choose from among three different options: thesis; project; and written examination. Please note that the thesis option, but not the project and written exam options, requires students to fulfill the department’s world language requirement.
Thesis: This option is appropriate for those who wish to pursue a Ph.D., either immediately after receiving the M.A. or at some point in the future. A thesis is a lengthy monographic work (usually 50 to 150 pages long) that addresses a topic of importance to historians in an original way.
Project: Occasionally, when student background or experience allows, and when faculty availability and expertise exists, students may complete a project in lieu of the traditional thesis. A project may take the form of a narrative history, a documentary film or website, or some other effort approved by the committee.
Written examination: This option consists of an eight-hour written exam given at the end of one’s graduate career. It is designed for students who do not plan to pursue a Ph.D. in history. It is especially useful for secondary school teachers who want to attain the M.A. in a timely manner.
All three options require the following courses:
HIST 596, if taken as field bibliography, can substitute for HIST 512 or HIST 515
Total 45 Credits
Graduate Fields of Study
Whether pursuing the thesis, project or exam option, students must choose a primary field of study from a list of fields approved by the faculty. Currently, the Department of History offers the following primary fields. Fields other than those listed need prior approval from the student’s advisor.
For additional information regarding the Graduate Program Requirements, please visit the Graduate Handbook here.
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