Other Concentrations

Predoctoral History Concentration

The faculty in the master of arts History program are at the forefront of traditional historical study, digital approaches to the past, and applied history. Students select from a variety of course topics while also selecting an area of historical specialization that accommodates their interests and furthers their career objectives. Students come to the program with diverse career objectives, and the program is designed with that diversity in mind. Students take classes in which they discuss history alongside future academics, public historians, teachers, military officers, non-profit professionals, government officials, entrepreneurs, and future academics.

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Degree Requirements

Total credits: 30 or 36

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Students pursuing this degree must complete the requirements for one of the concentrations below. The concentrations in higher education and teaching require 36 credits, all others require 30 credits.

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.

Required Course

HIST 610 The Study and Writing of History 1 3
Total Credits 3

Specialization

Students complete one of the following geographic specializations. 

Specialization in U.S. History 
Select four courses from the following: 1 12
Origins to 1861  
The Colonial Origins of American Society  
The Age of Jackson, 1815-1854  
Development of the Early Republic, 1783-1815  
Disasters in U.S. History  
Era of the American Revolution  
Religion in North America to 1870  
Problems in American History (when topic applies and with department approval)  
Other appropriate course with department approval
 
1861-1914  
Topics in the American Civil War Era  
U.S. South Since 1865  
Disasters in U.S. History  
The Gilded Age and Progressive Era  
Reconstruction  
U.S. Religion since 1870  
Problems in American History (when topic applies and with department approval)  
Other appropriate course with department approval
 
1914 World War I to the Present  
U.S. South Since 1865  
Recent U.S. History, 1945 to Present  
Disasters in U.S. History  
Interwar America: 1918-1939  
U.S. Religion since 1870  
The Vietnam War  
Problems in American History (when topic applies and with department approval)  
Other appropriate course with department approval
 
Specialization in European History
Select four courses from the following: 1 12
Ancient, Medieval, Early Modern to 1789  
The Crusades  
Humanism and the Renaissance  
Religion and Society in the Reformation Era  
Society and Culture in Early Modern Europe  
Problems in European History (when topic applies and with department approval)  
Other appropriate course with department approval
 
1789-1914  
Great Britain: Empire to Commonwealth, 1870-1970  
Society and Politics in Western Europe, 1750-1914  
Metropolitan Cities of Europe in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries  
Problems in European History (when topic applies and with department approval)  
Other appropriate course with department approval
 
1914 to the Present  
Great Britain: Empire to Commonwealth, 1870-1970  
Metropolitan Cities of Europe in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries  
Stalinism  
Problems in European History (when topic applies with department approval)  
Other appropriate course with department approval
 
Specialization in World History
Select four courses from the following: 1 12
World  
Approaches to Modern World History  
Problems in Comparative World History  
Africa  
Problems in African History  
Other appropriate course with department approval
 
Asia  
Problems in Asian History  
Other appropriate course with department approval
 
Middle East  
Approaches to Middle East and Islamic History  
The Crusades  
Problems in Middle Eastern History  
Other appropriate course with department approval
 
Latin America  
Problems in Latin American History  
Other appropriate course with department approval
 

Research Seminar

HIST 797 Research Seminar in History 3
Total Credits 3

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. 6
Total Credits 6

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

Select 6 credits of Project or Thesis 6
Project and additional Elective  
Directed Research and Writing in History 1  
Additional 3 credits from Specialization
 
Thesis  
Thesis  
Total Credits 6