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. Research Seminar:  Completion of at least one research seminar. (Required even if the student chooses to complete the research requirement through the thesis option.) - 3 hrs
  3. Primary Source Seminar:  Completion of at least one 700-level primary source seminar (such as HST 783HST 784HST 785HST 786 HST 787 or HST 792)  that studies primary sources in a historical field - 3 hours

American Studies track

  1. Online Courses.  This track has been designed around a series of online courses.  HST 701 and the HST 720 and HST 725 Readings Seminar have been offered online along with U.S. History Primary Source Seminars (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. Non-thesis Option.  Completion of three designated courses:  a primary source seminar (currently HST 783HST 784HST 785HST 786 or HST 787), a readings seminar (currently HST 720 or HST 725) , and a researchs seminar in U.S. History or American Studies (currently HST 730), earning at least a B in each.
  4. Research Seminar.  Completion of at least 1 research seminar in U.S. history or American Studies (HST 730).
  5. Readings Seminars.  Completion of at least 2 readings seminars in U.S. history or American Studies (currently HST 720 or HST 725) for students in the non-thesis option; 1 readings seminar in U.S. history or American Studies (currently HST 720 or HST 725) for students in the thesis option.
  6. Primary Source Seminars.  Minimum of 2 primary source seminars 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.