History Graduate Programs (HIST)
Department Chairperson: Dr. Mary E. Glade
Department Secretary: Ms. Barbara Ringstrom
Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Jeffrey Mullins
History M.A. Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Mullins
Graduate Faculty: Eden, Galler, Glade, Harvey, Hofsommer, Jaede, Kim, Mullins, Nayenga, Ness, O'Brien, Wingerd.
Degrees and Plans Offered
- Master of Arts in History, Plan A (Thesis): 36 credits with a final oral exam based on the thesis.
Master of Arts — History Track
- A Master of Art in History prepares professional historians who wish to pursue advanced work in a specific area or areas of history.
- Many graduates with a M.A. or M.S. degree in history enjoy employment as history instructors in K-12 education, two-year and four-year colleges.
- Majoring in history provides a wide variety of employment opportunities such as marketing analysis, advertising, banking, public relations, media, historical societies, and law.
Admission Requirements Specific to the M.A. in History Program
- The GRE is required.
- Admission decisions are made as completed application files are received.
- Undergraduate GPA is closely reviewed. A large emphasis is placed on scholarship within the undergraduate education core and the GPA in the major.
- An applicant who has at least a 3.0 GPA in undergraduate courses in history and a 2.8 GPA overall may be admitted without conditions.
- An applicant may be considered for conditional admissions if his/her GPA in history courses was between 2.6 and 2.99, and he/she had at least a 2.6 GPA in the last two years of the undergraduate program.
- An applicant with serious gap(s) in his/her history background may be required to take additional undergraduate courses before admission is granted.
- An applicant for admission to this program must have earned a minimum of 16 credits in history beyond general education requirements, and the undergraduate grade point average should be 2.8 or above. Others may be admitted conditionally.
- In some cases, the applicant may be required
to complete additional undergraduate work even though a major or minor
may have been completed.
- Reading knowledge of a foreign language is not required but strongly recommended.
Application Deadlines Specific to the Program
Length of Program — Measured by Semesters
- The program is designed for both full and part-time students.
- Part-time student: six semesters taking six credits per semester.
- Full-time student: three semesters taking 12 credits per semester or four semesters taking nine credits per semester.
- Students must expect to complete their course loads by enrolling mainly in daytime courses.
- Some classes are available to be completed during evening and summer session classes.
Graduate Assistantship Overview
- Between five and seven departmental graduate assistantship positions are sponsored each year, and are available both fall and spring semesters.
- History graduate assistants will have the opportunity to work with students in the classroom, assist the faculty with research, and perform other duties.
Program Structure - 36 credit minimum (Thesis)
Research Courses (9 credits)
- HIST 610. Historiography and Research Methods, 3 credits
- HIST 699. Thesis, 6 credits
- 21-24 credits in history course work (12 credits must be 600 level, in-class reading or seminar courses).
- 3-6 credits in 500-600 level courses approved by advisor.
- A student completing the program will be required to pass a final oral examination based on the thesis submitted to the final evaluation committee.
- Students pursuing the master of arts degree must earn a minimum of 21 600-level credits in the program.