All candidates must complete a total of 30 credit hours, with at least 15 hours in courses at the 6000 level, a maximum of 12 hours at the 4000G level, and at least 3 hours of thesis research.
HIST 6001 Historical Research & Writing
One proseminar-seminar sequence from the following:
HIST 6501-6502, HIST 6601-6602, or HIST 6803-6804
- HIST 7000 Thesis research
Only grades of B or better can be used to fulfill degree requirements.
The program will culminate with a thesis that demonstrates an appropriate level of skill in historical research and writing, as well as a comprehensive oral examination designed to test the student’s general knowledge of history.
4000G-level courses (See the department’s course listings.)
6000-level courses consist of the following:
History 6001: Historical Research and Writing (3 credit hours)
Required for the M.A. program. New students should enroll in this course within their first or second semester. They must complete this course by the time they have earned 15 credit hours. Students must successfully complete History 6001 before enrolling in a research seminar.
Proseminars: Intensive readings and discussions in European, U.S, and Urban History, and in Special Topics. Student work includes critical analyses of books, reviews essays, and historiographical papers. Not all proseminars are followed by related research seminars.
[HIST 6301, 6501, 6601, 6803; 3 credit hours each
Seminars: After introductory readings on a given subject, students work towards the completion of a research paper. Students must take at least one seminar as part of a fall-spring/proseminar-seminar sequence. A student who wishes to take a research seminar without having taken the preceding proseminar must obtain permission from the instructor.
[HIST 6302, 6502, 6602, 6804; 3 credit hours each]
History 6995: Independent study (3 credit hours)
Directed readings or research on a topic or field of particular interest to the student, and typically should include those topics not covered by regular seminar courses. Students wishing to enroll in HIST 6995 must develop a plan with a faculty member who has agreed to direct the independent study andobtain the approval of the graduate coordinator.
7000-level courses consist of the following:
History 7000: Thesis Research (3 credit hours)
Research on a thesis topic approved by the student’s advisor by the start of the semester in which the research is to be conducted. Students must take History 7000 at least once and may repeat it as often as necessary. Credit is earned only for the first three hours.
History 7040: Examination or Thesis Only (0 credit hours)
For students who have completed nearly all the work for the thesis. It should only be taken in semester in which the student plans to graduate. It offers no credit and may not be repeated. The registration fee for HIST 7040 is less than that of a for-credit course.