U.S. and World Track

What is the U.S. and World History Track? 

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 the flexibility to customize your program of study to broaden your understanding of specific periods and regions and gain perspective on how history is studied in different periods and contexts.


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. Due to its flexibility, this track is the best for online students and especially online students who wish to study full-time.

U.S. and World Track

US and World History Track

The US and 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.

US and World History Core Courses (12 hrs)
  1.  3 hours - HST 701  Historiography and Historical Methods
  2.  3 hours - Required Primary Source Seminar: HST 783HST 784HST 785HST 786 HST 787, HST 792
  3.  3 hours - Required Reading Seminar:  HST 720, HST 724, HST 725, HST 740, HST 760, HST 770, HST 775, HST 790
  4.  3 hours - Required Research Seminar: currently HST 710HST 730, HST 750, HST 780​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
US History Requirements (6 hrs)

6 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 

World History Requirements (6 hrs)

6 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 Primary Source Seminar, one Readings Seminar, and one 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.