College of Humanities and Social Sciences
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Requirements

This concentration is intended for students already licensed for teaching or seeking licensure. Although it includes course work in history and education, completion of this concentration alone is not sufficient to qualify for licensure. A licensure program is offered by the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), and admission is limited. Students are advised to consult with CEHD for specific requirements regarding licensure.

Degree Requirements (Catalog Year 2015-2016)

Students pursuing this degree must complete the requirements for one of the concentrations below. Approved concentrations are offered in the following areas:

  • predoctoral history
  • predoctoral history with an emphasis in cultural history
  • applied history
  • applied history with new media and information technology emphasis
  • enrichment
  • teaching

The first five concentrations require 30 credits of course work along with a specialization in U.S. history (AH), modern European history (EH), or world history (WH). The concentration in teaching requires 36 credits.

Students may be required to take up to 12 additional credits of foundation courses, which cover broad thematic areas (HIST 601, 602, 605, 606), to remedy gaps in their undergraduate preparation. If required as foundational, these credits cannot be applied toward the credits required for the degree.

If foundation courses are not required at admission, students in the concentrations in enrichment and teaching may apply up to one thematic course (3 credits) toward their degree. Students in the other concentrations may not apply these courses toward their degree.

The program does not permit a reduction of credit based on a previously conferred graduate degree. Students may apply no more than 6 credits earned through study abroad courses toward their degree.

Concentration in Predoctoral History (AH1, EH1, WH1)

This concentration is for students planning to pursue doctoral studies. Students choose one of three geographic specializations and a chronological or thematic minor field within that specialization. Students complete coursework and a research seminar in their geographic specialization and an additional independent project or thesis in their minor field.

One required course (3 credits) taken within the first 9 credits

HIST 610 - The Study and Writing of History

Four courses (12 credits) in a geographic specialization

Specialization in U.S. history (at least 3 credits from each group):

- Origins to 1861

- 1861 - 1914

- 1914 World War I to the present

Specialization in European history (at least 3 credits from each group):

- Ancient, medieval, early modern to 1789

- 1789-1914

- 1914 to the present

Specialization in world history (at least 3 credits from two regions):

- Africa

- Asia

- Middle East

- Latin America

One research seminar (3 credits) in a geographic specialization

HIST 711 - Research Seminar in U.S. History

HIST 731 - Research Seminar in European History

HIST 751 - Research Seminar in Comparative World History

Two courses (6 credits) in a minor field concentration

In consultation with the graduate director and other faculty, students identify a chronological or topical subspecialty and select two courses that relate directly to that subspecialty.

Language proficiency

Language proficiency sufficient to conduct primary source research in the student's intended area of concentration, as demonstrated by thesis or independent research project.

Project or thesis (6 credits)

Project and additional elective (6 credits)

HIST 798 requires the completion of a major paper that is a substantial and original contribution to historical knowledge on the model of an article in a scholarly journal.  If students choose to take HIST 798, they complete an additional 3 credits in their specialization.

HIST 798 - Directed Research and Writing in History

Thesis (6 credits)

HIST 799 - Thesis

Total: 30 credits

Concentration in Predoctoral History with an Emphasis in Cultural History (AH5, EH5, WH5)

This concentration is for students with a particular interest in cultural history and students considering future work in the cultural studies doctoral program. Completion of this program of study does not guarantee admission to the doctoral program in cultural studies. Students interested in that degree program should contact the Cultural Studies Program.

One required course (3 credits) taken within the first 9 credits

HIST 610 - The Study and Writing of History

Four courses (12 credits) in a geographic specialization

Specialization in U.S. history (at least 3 credits from each group):

- Origins to 1861

- 1861-1914

- 1914 World War I to the present

Specialization in European history (at least 3 credits from each group):

- Ancient, medieval, early modern to 1789

- 1789-1914

- 1914 to the present

Specialization in world history (at least 3 credits from two regions):

- Africa

- Asia

- Middle East

- Latin America

One research seminar (3 credits) in a geographic specialization

HIST 711 - Research Seminar in U.S. History

HIST 731 - Research Seminar in European History

HIST 751 - Research Seminar in Comparative World History

One required course (3 credits) in cultural studies

CULT 802 - Histories of Cultural Studies

Two courses (6 credits) in a minor field concentration in cultural history

Courses must have a significant cultural history component as defined by the instructor.

Language proficiency

Language proficiency sufficient to conduct primary source research in the student's intended area of concentration, as demonstrated by independent research project.

3 credits of project

HIST 798 - Directed Research and Writing in History

Total: 30 credits

Concentration in Applied History (AH2, EH2, WH2)

This concentration is for students seeking expertise in applied history fields, such as archival management, museum studies, historic preservation, and historical editing. It is also suitable for professionally employed historians who desire to further their careers.

One required course (3 credits) taken within the first 9 credits

HIST 610 - The Study and Writing of History

Four courses (12 credits) in a specialization

Specialization in U.S. history (at least 3 credits from each group):

- Origins to 1861

- 1861-1914

- 1914 World War I to the present

Specialization in European history (at least 3 credits from each group):

- Ancient, medieval, early modern to 1789

- 1789-1914

- 1914 to the present

Specialization in world history (at least 3 credits from two regions):

- Africa

- Asia

- Middle East

- Latin America

One research seminar (3 credits) in a specialization

HIST 711 - Research Seminar in U.S. History

HIST 731 - Research Seminar in European History

HIST 751 - Research Seminar in Comparative World History

Two to three courses (6-9 credits) in applied history

Students choose from courses from HIST 680 - 698. These include courses in historic preservation, museum studies, archives, historical editing, or new media and information technology.

3 or 6 credits of internship

If students chose to do a 3-credit internship, they will take an additional 3 credits in applied history course work from courses numbered HIST 680 - HIST 698.

HIST 794 - Internship in Applied History

Proficiency in a relevant research tool

Total: 30 credits

Concentration in Applied History with New Media and Information Technology Emphasis (AH4, EH4, WH4)

Students pursuing this concentration take:

One required course (3 credits) taken within the first 9 credits

HIST 610 - The Study and Writing of History

Four courses (12 credits) in a specialization

Specialization in U.S. history (at least 3 credits from each group):

- Origins to 1861

- 1861 - 1914

- 1914 World War I to the present

Specialization in European history (at least 3 credits from each group):

- Ancient, medieval, early modern to 1789

- 1789-1914

- 1914 to the present

Specialization in world history (at least 3 credits from two regions):

- Africa

- Asia

- Middle East

- Latin America

One research seminar (3 credits) in a specialization

HIST 711 - Research Seminar in U.S. History

HIST 731 - Research Seminar in European History

HIST 751 - Research Seminar in Comparative World History

Two courses (6 credits) in new media and information technology

 Students should consult the department for relevant courses.

3 or 6 credits of internship in information technology

If students chose to do a 3-credit internship, they will take an additional 3 credits in applied history course work from courses numbered HIST 680 - HIST 698.

HIST 794 - Internship in Applied History

Proficiency in a relevant research tool

Total: 30 credits

Concentration in Enrichment (AH3, EH3, WH3)

This concentration is for students who want to study history for intellectual self-fulfillment or vocational reasons. It allows more flexibility in the selection of courses and does not have a foreign language requirement.

One required course (3 credits) taken within the first 9 credits

HIST 610 - The Study and Writing of History

Four courses (12 credits) in a specialization

Specialization in U.S. history (at least 3 credits from each group):

- Origins to 1861

- 1861 - 1914

- 1914 World War I to the present

Specialization in European history (at least 3 credits from each group):

- Ancient, medieval, early modern to 1789

- 1789 - 1914

- 1914 to the present

Specialization in world history (at least 3 credits from two regions):

- Africa

- Asia

- Middle East

- Latin America

One research seminar (3 credits) in a specialization

HIST 711 - Research Seminar in U.S. History

HIST 731 - Research Seminar in European History

HIST 751 - Research Seminar in Comparative World History

One course (3 credits) in a field outside of geographic specialization

Students choose a course from U.S., European, or world history (listed above) that is not in their chosen specialization.

Three elective courses (9 credits)

Thesis Option

Students may optionally write a thesis. Students who choose this option complete only 3 credits of electives.

HIST 799 - Thesis

Total: 30 credits

Concentration in Teaching (HS4)

This concentration is intended for students already licensed for teaching or seeking licensure. Although it includes course work in history and education, completion of this concentration alone is not sufficient to qualify for licensure. A licensure program is offered by the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), and admission is limited. Students are advised to consult with CEHD for specific requirements regarding licensure.

One required course (3 credits) taken within the first 9 credits

HIST 610 - The Study and Writing of History

Six courses (18 credits) in history

Choose at least one course (3 credits) each from U.S., European, and world history

One research seminar (3 credits) chosen from:

HIST 711 - Research Seminar in U.S. History

HIST 731 - Research Seminar in European History

HIST 751 - Research Seminar in Comparative World History

Four courses (12 credits) in graduate education courses, including:

EDCI 567 - Teaching Social Studies in the Secondary School

EDUC 522 - Foundations of Secondary Education

and two of the following

EDCI 667 - Advanced Methods of Teaching Social Sciences in the Secondary School

EDRD 619 - Literacy in Content Areas

EDUC 672 - Human Development and Learning: Secondary Education

Total: 36 credits

Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

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