Global Area Studies Track

Archaeological Dig

Specializing in a region's history

Through the global area studies track, you will focus on an area of study, such as Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America or the Middle East. You will gain an in-depth understanding of the people and society of this region while gaining a global perspective through world history and foreign relations courses.

Program requirements

The global area 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. You must take at least nine hours in your area of study. 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

Global Area Studies track 

  1. World History Proseminar.  At least one proseminar in World History.
  2. Emphasis Area.  An emphasis with a minimum of 9 hours including a proseminar in an area of study such as Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, or the Middle East.
  3. At least one course in U.S. in the world or U.S foreign relations or recent history of the U.S.
  4. Research.  This requirement will be met in one of the following ways:
    1. Thesis Option.  Completion of a satisfactory thesis in non-U.S. history in the emphasis area of study such as Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, or the Middle East.  Thesis credit shall be 6 hours of the total offered to satisfy degree requirements.
    2. Seminar Option.  Completion of one satisfactory seminar paper in non-U.S. history.
  5. Seminar.  Completion of at least 1 seminar in non-U.S. history.
  6. Proseminars.  Completion of at least 3 non-U.S. history proseminars for students in the seminar option; 2 non-U.S. history proseminars for students in the thesis option.  At least one proseminar in World History.  At least one proseminar in the emphasis area of study such as Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, or the Middle East.

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, a maximum of 9 hours of graduate credit may be taken in related disciplines which can be at Missouri State or transfer.

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.