Graduate Programs

M.A. with Concentration in Public History

In addition to the 30-hour M.A. program on this website, the Department also offers a 36-hour M.A. program for students seeking careers in public and private historical societies, archives, museums, research firms, and historical editing.

The concentration in Public History includes a 12-hour sequence of courses that serves as the secondary field.  The concentration provides training in many of the areas mentioned above. Internships - the core of the program - are available in a variety of historical agencies within commuting distance of the University and in the Earl W. Hayter Regional History Center on campus.  For ideas, please see our list of past internships.

In addition to the 12-hour sequence of courses discussed in the preceding paragraph, students must also complete a minimum of 18 hours of coursework in their primary field. The fields offered are ancient, medieval, modern European (including British), Russian, Asian, United States, Latin American, and Global history.

The field in Global History was recently instituted by the Department. The purpose of choosing a field in global history is to study the history of major world regions through a comparative or interactive perspective. This field recognizes that the interaction between societies, economies and polities through exploration, conquest, colonialism, imperialism, migration, and trade has played an important role in shaping the historical experiences of every major world region. This approach looks beyond national or regional boundaries to examine historical experiences in a global perspective. Our global courses are designed to contain content from two or more major world regions, at least one of which is outside of Europe and post-Columbian North America. Students may opt to take Global history as either a primary or secondary field. For more information, see our handout on the Master's Field in Global History.  

Master’s Research, Comprehensive Exam, and Language Requirement

Nine semester hours of M.A. course work (included in the 18 hours for the primary field) are devoted to completing “the master’s essay,” a major original research project employing primary sources. This research requirement may also be fulfilled by a conventional thesis option. Other requirements for the Master’s Degree are successful completion of a written comprehensive examination in the primary field and, in the case of students studying areas where English is not the predominant language or who wish to go on to the Ph.D., demonstration of at least "average" proficiency in a foreign language. Where appropriate, quantitative skills can be substituted for the language requirement.