The Department of History offers a Master of Arts degree program designed to offer systematic training in the content, methods, and interpretation of history in a variety of specialized fields.
Students will complete one of two required tracks (Thesis or Examination). In most cases, a student’s program of study will relate to a field represented by one of our permanent tenure-line faculty members whose specialties are listed on the Department’s website. Students may also concentrate in either Public or World History. While individual programs of study will necessarily vary, scholarly competence and intellectual attainment are expected of all our MA students.
MA Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates have mastered at least one specific historical content area which may be defined regionally, chronologically, or thematically.
Graduates can recognize and employ varying methodologies consistent with their discipline’s standards. They can relate and explain the interpretations of existing historiographies.
Graduates are trained to create informative historical analyses based upon the collection, organization, and interpretation of primary source evidence, the analysis of secondary scholarship, and the development of historical methodology.
Graduates have developed communication skills via the presentation of their advanced knowledge and research in writing, public displays, and presentations.
Graduates understand the historian’s professional standards and expectations while recognizing the transferability of these capacities and skills.