United States History Track

What is the United States History Track?

The United State History track allows students to specialize in the history of the United States of America.  By following broad curriculum, students develop an integrated understanding of how historical trends influence the development of American culture, politics, and society.


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.

Students can complete this track online, subject to course availability to complete the 9 hours of coursework work in related disciplines.  The history department cannot guarantee online course availability in other departments.

Total hours for MA degree - 30

United States History Track

The United States History track within the Master of Arts in History degree is a 30-hour program that requires the completion of the history core courses and the track requirements.

Students must take at least 15 credit hours at the 700 level.  This degree may be completed entirely online, although there may be limited availability of some courses.

Students may take up to 9 credits outside the history department with the permission of the Graduate Director. The history department cannot guarantee online course availability in other departments.

Students do not have to declare whether they intend to complete the Thesis or Non-Thesis option immediately upon entry into the program. However, students who wish to complete the Thesis option must ensure that appropriate supervision for their project is available within the department. The History Department cannot guarantee thesis supervision to all students.

MA History Core Courses (12 hrs)
  1.  3 hours - HST 701  Historiography and Historical Methods
  2.  3 hours - Required US History Primary Source Seminar: HST 783HST 784HST 785HST 786 HST 787
  3.  3 hours - Required US History Reading Seminar:  HST 720, HST 724, HST 725
  4.  3 hours - Required US History Research Seminar: currently HST 730​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
United States History Requirements (12 hrs)

12 credit hours of US History courses at either the 600 or 700 level. Students may complete additional US History Primary Source Seminars, US Reading Seminars, and/or US History Research Seminars to meet this requirement.  ​​​​Eligible courses:  HST 609, 611, 615, 616, 617, 618, 619, 621, 623, 624, 625, 628, 631, 636, 637638, 698, 720, 724, 725, 730, 783, 784, 785, 786, 787 

Research Requirement (6 hrs)

Non-thesis Option – Students may fulfill the research requirement of the degree by obtaining at least a B grade in one US History Primary Source Seminar, one US History Readings Seminar, and one US History Research Seminar.  These courses count towards the fulfillment of requirements 2, 3, and 4 in the Core requirements.  In addition, Non-Thesis students must complete 6 hours of elective courses.  These may be outside the history department with the approval of the graduate director.  Eligible courses:  HST 609, 611, 614615, 616, 617, 618, 619, 621, 623, 624, 625, 628, 629631, 632636, 637638, 641, 642, 645, 648, 649, 651, 653, 655, 659, 663, 664, 666, 671, 672, 673, 674, 682, 688698, 710720, 724, 725, 730, 740, 750, 760, 770, 775, 780783, 784, 785, 786, 787, 790, 792 

Thesis option – Alternatively, students may fulfill the research requirement through the completion and successful defense of a thesis.  Thesis students must complete 6 credit hours of HST 799, Thesis, with their thesis supervisor.

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