American Studies Track

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Become an expert in American culture and society

The American studies track takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of American culture and society. By incorporating courses from other disciplines, such as art, political science or English, you develop an integrated understanding of how historical trends influence American life.

Program requirements

The American studies track within the Master of Arts in History degree is a 30-hour program that requires the completion of the history core and the additional requirements of the specified track. The American studies track requires the completion of nine graduate hours in disciplines relating to but outside of American history. While students may be able to complete this track online, they should be aware that the history department offers a limited number of online classes. Students interested in completing the degree solely online should speak to the graduate advisor about scheduling and course availability.

Total hours for MA degree - 30

American Studies Track

  1.  3 hours - HST 701  Historiography and Historical Methods
  2.  3 hours - Required Research Seminar: currently HST 730
  3.  3 hours - Primary Source Seminar: currently HST 783HST 784HST 785HST 786 HST 787
  4.  Research Requirement

A.  Thesis option – 21 hours.  Research requirement is fulfilled by the completion and successful defense of a masters thesis.

i.  6 hours HST 799

ii.  6 hours American History Courses (600 or 700-level)

iii.  9 hours Non-History Courses in Related Disciplines  (as approved by advisor)

 B.  Non-thesis Option – 21 hours.  Research requirement is fulfilled by completing with a minimum grade of B one readings seminar, one research seminar and one primary source seminar. These courses can double count to fulfill requirements 2 and 3 in this track.

i.  3 hours – 1 additional Primary Source Seminar beyond the one taken to meet requirement 3 in this study track:  choose from HST 783HST 784HST 785HST 786 HST 787

ii.  9 hours American History courses including HST 720 and 725 (or other 600 or 700-level courses approved by advisor)

iii.  9 hours Non-History Courses in Related Disciplines (as approved by advisor)

Global Area Studies Track

  1.  3 hours - HST 701  Historiography and Historical Methods
  2.  3 hours - Required Research Seminar: currently  HST 790
  3.  3 hours - Primary Course Seminar: currently HST 792
  4.  3 hours - U.S. in the world or U.S foreign relations or recent history of the U.S. course:  Choose from HST 628, HST 631 or with the consent of the candidate’s advisory committee HST 720HST 730HST 782, or HST 786.
  5.   9 hours - Emphasis Area Courses.  An emphasis of 9 hours including a readings seminar in an area of study such as Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, or the Middle East from the following courses:  HST 641, HST 642HST 643HST 644HST 645HST 648HST 649HST 651HST 653HST 659HST 663HST 664HST 666HST 671, HST 673HST 674HST 682HST 688HST 710HST 740HST 750, HST 760HST 770HST 775HST 780
  6.   Research Requirement

A.  Thesis option – 9 hours.  Research requirement is fulfilled by the completion and successful defense of a masters thesis.

i.  6 hours HST 799

ii.  3 hours Readings Seminar:  currently HST 740HST 760HST 770HST 775

 B.  Non-thesis Option 9 hours.  Research requirement is fulfilled by completing with a minimum grade of B one readings seminar, one research seminar and one primary source seminar. These courses can double count to fulfill requirements 2 and 3 in this track.

i.  6 hours - Readings Seminar: currently HST 740HST 760HST 770HST 775

ii.  3 hours - Research Seminar in non-U.S. history:  currently HST 710, HST 750 or HST 780

Comprehensive examination

A comprehensive examination must be passed before the degree will be granted.  Written exams will be taken after course work is completed.  An oral exam will be taken after the approval of the research requirement.