Global Area Studies Track

What is the World History Track?

The World History Track allows students to follow a broad curriculum that helps students to develop a strong general command of world history. This includes opportunities to study the history of Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, and East Asia. 


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.

Students can complete this track online, but it may not be possible to maintain a full 9-hour load every semester. Possible regions of specialization open to students area dependent on faculty expertise. 

World History Track

The World 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 World History Core Courses (12 hrs)
  1.  3 hours - HST 701  Historiography and Historical Methods
  2.  3 hours - World History Primary Source Seminar: HST 792
  3.  3 hours - Required World History Reading Seminar:  HST 740, HST 760, HST 770, HST 775, HST 790
  4.  3 hours - Required World History Research Seminar: HST 710, HST 750, HST 780​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
World History Requirements (12 hrs)

12 credit hours of World History courses at either the 600 or 700 level. Students may complete additional World History Primary Source Seminars, World History Reading Seminars, and/or World History Research Seminars to meet this requirement.  ​​​​Eligible courses:  HST 614629632641, 642, 645, 648, 649, 651, 653, 655, 659, 663, 664, 666, 671, 672, 673, 674, 682, 688698, 710740, 750, 760, 770, 775, 780790, 792 

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 World History Primary Source Seminar, one World History Readings Seminar, and one World 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.