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 MA degree - 30

American Studies Track

  1.  3 hours - HST 701  Historiography and Historical Methods
  2.  3 hours - Required Research Seminar: currently HST 730
  3.  3 hours - Primary Source Seminar: currently HST 783HST 784HST 785HST 786 HST 787
  4.  Research Requirement

A.  Thesis option – 21 hours.  Research requirement is fulfilled by the completion and successful defense of a masters thesis.

i.  6 hours HST 799

ii.  6 hours American History Courses (600 or 700-level)

iii.  9 hours Non-History Courses in Related Disciplines  (as approved by advisor)

 B.  Non-thesis Option – 21 hours.  Research requirement is fulfilled by completing with a minimum grade of B one readings seminar, one research seminar and one primary source seminar. These courses can double count to fulfill requirements 2 and 3 in this track.

i.  3 hours – 1 additional Primary Source Seminar beyond the one taken to meet requirement 3 in this study track:  choose from HST 783HST 784HST 785HST 786 HST 787

ii.  9 hours American History courses including HST 720 and 725 (or other 600 or 700-level courses approved by advisor)

iii.  9 hours Non-History Courses in Related Disciplines (as approved by advisor)

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.

Comprehensive examination

A comprehensive examination must be passed before the degree will be granted.  Written exams will be taken after course work is completed.  An oral exam will be taken after the approval of the research requirement.