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Program Requirements

Subject Areas
In consultation with the Director of the M.A. Program, entering students decide upon a major area of historical study, typically drawn from the list of the major fields for Ph.D. study (i.e., American history, early modern European history, modern European history, North and South Atlantic history, East Asian history, Latin American and Caribbean history, and African history). The student may instead select a comparative focus or a more topically oriented approach.

You can also request further information by emailing the Graduate Program Assistant

 Coursework
Fifteen credit hours of graduate History coursework are required.

Distribution Requirement: 

All MA students must fulfill a distribution requirement by taking at least one course in each of three major areas: Africa, Asia, and Latin America; Europe; and the U.S. In the case of trans-regional, thematic, and world history courses, the student shall consult with the instructor and the Director of the Master’s Program about which area requirement the course fulfills and ask to have a statement about how the course fulfills the distribution requirement put in their file.

Required Courses:

One “Core” course (most of which are two semesters) chosen from selection below involving the student’s major area of interest:

  • History 502-503: Core seminar in American History, 1607-Present (6 credits); both semesters of this two-semester course are required.
  • History 504-505: Core seminar in European History, Early Modern and Modern (6 credits); both semesters of this two-semester course are required.
  • History 507: Core seminar in East Asian History (3 credits), a one-semester course.
  • History 506: Core seminar in North and South Atlantic History (3 credits), a one-semester course.
  • History 559-560: Core seminar in Latin American and Caribbean history (6 credits); either semester of this two-semester course is required; both are recommended.

Two 500-level reading seminars. One of these must be outside the student’s major area of interest (e.g., a non-U.S. course for a U.S. historian).

One 600-level research seminar.

Advisement
Each M.A. student, after initial consultation with the Director of the M.A. Program, will select a faculty advisor by the end of their first year who will aid the student in developing an appropriate program of coursework.