U.S. and World Track

Program can be completed online

Program can be completed online

Gaining a global perspective of history

The U.S. and world track within the history graduate program blends courses in U.S. history with courses on the history of various global areas. This track provides you with a broad background in U.S. foreign relations and the interdependent nature of history.

Program requirements

The U.S. and world 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. While students may be able to complete this track online, they should be aware that the History Department only 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

U.S. and World Track

  1. In addition to the core requirements, one of the following distributions of courses:
    1. A minimum of 12 hours in U.S. history, including a seminar and two proseminars (a thesis, seminar, and one proseminar if a student completes the thesis option), and at least 6 hours in non-U.S. history, including a proseminar
    2. A minimum of 12 hours in non-U.S. history, including a seminar and two proseminars (a thesis, seminar and one proseminar if a student completes the thesis option), and at least 6 hours in U.S. history, including a proseminar.
  2. Research.  This requirement will be met in one of the following ways:
    1. Thesis Option.  Completion of a satisfactory thesis. Thesis credit shall be 6 hours of the total offered to satisfy degree requirements.
    2. Seminar Option.  Completion of one satisfactory seminar paper.

Additional hours of graduate credit in history to 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 the elective 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.