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Program Requirements

Subject Areas
Entering M.A. students, in consultation with the Director of the M.A. Program, 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
A minimum of 39 credit hours is required. Because of the nature of this program, transfer credit hours cannot be accepted, nor can courses be taken outside of History and Arts Management.

Required Courses:

  • History 500: Doing History: Issues in Public History.

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.

Three 500-level reading seminars (enough to reach a total of 30 credits with all other requirements). 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).

History 609: Fieldwork in public history (a research internship).

Five Arts Management seminars:

  • Arts Management 518: Issues in Museum Management
  • Management 620: Non-Profit Management
  • Arts Management 585: Legal Issues in Arts Management
  • Arts Management 508: Cultural Policy
  • Arts Management 552: Introduction to Business II

One 600-level research seminar.

M.A. Project: The M.A. project is a substantial public history presentation based on original research conducted under the guidance of a faculty member.  With approval from the advisor, it may be an extensive expansion of research undertaken for a seminar or for the fieldwork experience.

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.