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 degree - 30

Core requirements - 9 hrs

  1. HST 701  Historiography and Historical Method - 3 hrs
  2. Seminar:  Completion of at least one seminar. (Required even if the student chooses to complete the research requirement through the thesis option.) - 3 hrs
  3. Primary Source Proseminar:  Completion of at least one 700-level primary source proseminar or course in Use & Understanding of Sources (such as HST 783, HST 784, HST 785, HST 786 or HST 787) that studies primary sources in a historical field. - 3 hrs

American Studies track

  1. Online Courses.  This track has been designed around a series of online courses.  HST 701 and the HST 720 Proseminar have been offered online along with U.S. History Primary Source Proseminars (currently HST 783, HST 784, HST 785, HST 786 or HST 787).
  2. Interdisciplinary.  In conjunction with the core and online courses in U.S. history, this track draws upon an interdisciplinary approach to American society and culture.  With the consent of the candidate’s advisory committee, nine hours of graduate credit must be taken in American Studies related disciplines such as American art, culture, film, folklore, government, literature, or music.
  3. Research.  This requirement will be met in one of the following ways: 
    1. Thesis Option.  Completion of a satisfactory thesis in U.S. history or American Studies.  Thesis credit shall be 6 hours of the total offered to satisfy degree requirements.
    2. Seminar Option.  Completion of one satisfactory seminar paper in U.S. history or American Studies.
  4. Seminar.  Completion of at least 1 seminar in U.S. history or American Studies.
  5. Proseminars.  Completion of at least 2 proseminars in U.S. history or American Studies for students in the seminar option; 1 proseminar in U.S. history or American Studies for students in the thesis option.
  6. Primary Source Proseminars.  Minimum of 2 primary source proseminars in U.S. history or American Studies (currently HST 783, HST 784, HST 785, HST 786 or HST 787).

Hours of graduate credit in history must include a minimum of 18 hours at the 700-level and consist in total of a minimum of 30; and, with the consent of the candidate’s advisory committee, 9 hours of graduate credit must be taken in American Studies related disciplines such as American art, culture, film, folklore, government, literature, or music which can be at Missouri State or transfer credit.

Secondary Education sub-track

In-service teachers may take the secondary education sub-track, which includes nine hours of coursework in education-related topics. This sub-track may be taken in conjunction with any of the tracks within the Master of Arts in History program. It is designed to supplement your history courses and enhance your development as an educator.

The following courses are included within the sub-track:

  1. HST 702, Secondary School Curriculum for the Social Studies
  2. SFR 750, Philosophies of Education OR PSY 705, Psychology of Adolescence
  3. Other education courses approved by the student’s graduate committee.

The sub-track consists of 9 hours of the 30 hour minimum requirements for completion of the MA in History.