Graduate Studies

Degree Requirements

The Master’s degree is offered on two tracks--United States and Global history. Students in the history of the United States will inaugurate their study in the context of global/ comparative history and historiography, develop their knowledge of the U.S. in graduate course work, and their specific interests in either two research papers or a thesis; students in global history will begin their studies with an introduction to historiography and global and comparative history, followed by graduate course work on the histories of various areas of the world, with specific topics developed either in two research papers or a thesis.  Students may develop their interests by working with faculty knowledgeable in Classical history, Medieval history, early modern and modern Europe, Russia, the Islamic world, sub-Saharan Africa, the Atlantic world, Latin America, East Asia, South Asia, as well as the various regions, periods, and themes of the United States.

Courses.  Students are required to take 30 credits as distributed below: 

3 credits

HIST 6315:  Global and Comparative History OR another departmental graduate course specifically including comparative methods and theories. 

3 credits

HIST 6300:  Historiography. 

18 credits

Six other courses at the 5000 or 6000 level in the History Department--up to two courses in other departments, programs, or schools (such as the Schools of Arts or Education) may substitute as approved by the adviser and Director of Graduate Studies.  With approval students following the U.S. or Global tracks must take one, but no more than two courses in the alternate track. 

6 credits

HIST 6398/6399:  THESIS--research and writing for students following this option (i.e., those with the appropriate language skills and usually planning to go on for a Ph.D.); their adviser and two other professors form the three-person thesis and oral defense committee. 

6 credits

Two additional graduate courses for those students in the NON-THESIS option.  And two research papers written in any course at the 5000 or 6000 level in the History Department. Non-thesis students are also examined orally over coursework, texts, and other materials chosen for thematic coherence by their adviser and two other professors.  

Language Requirement.  On admission students should have two years of college-level study in a language in addition to English.

Graduate School Regulations.  The Graduate School of the College has certain regulations which apply to all advanced degree programs. A few of those follow, but see the Graduate Bulletin for more details, including guidelines for preparation of the thesis.

At least 12 semester-hours of the courses included in each student's program for a master's degree shall be those numbered 6000 or above.

Not more than six semester-hours of work from another institution shall apply on a candidate's graduate program. All credit for work transferred is subject to the approval of the major department.

No credit will be allowed toward the master's degree for courses taken more than six years before the date at which the degree is to be conferred.

Updated July 15, 2013