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. 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

Global Area Studies track 

  1. At least one Readings Seminar in World History (currently HST 790).  
  2. Emphasis Area.  An emphasis with a minimum 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 642, HST 643, HST 644, HST 645, HST 648, HST 649, HST 651, HST 653, HST 659, HST 663, HST 664, HST 666, HST 671, HST 673, HST 674, HST 682, HST 688, HST 710, HST 740, HST 750, HST 760, HST 770, HST 775, HST 780, HST 792.
  3. At least one course in U.S. in the world or U.S foreign relations or recent history of the U.S from the following:  HST 628, HST 631 and the following readings and primary source seminars with consent of the candidate's advisory committee:  HST 720, HST 730, HST 782 HST 786.
  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. Non-thesis Option.  Completion of three designated courses;  a primary source seminar currently (HST 792), a readings seminar (currently HST 740HST 760HST 770HST 775 or HST 790), and a research seminar in non-U.S. history (currently HST 710HST 750 or HST 780, earning at least a B in each. 
  5. Proseminars.  Completion of at least 3 non-U.S. history proseminars for students in the seminar option from the following:  HST 740HST 760HST 770HST 775 or HST 790;  2 non-U.S. history proseminars for students in the thesis option from the follwoing:  HST 740HST 760HST 770HST 775 or HST 790.  At least one reading seminar in World History (HST 790).  At least one reading seminar 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.