Master of Arts in History

Program Coordinator: Dr. Tona Hangen
Phone: 508-929-8688

Admission Requirements

General admission requirements for graduate study located at together with 18 credits in undergraduate history including the following courses or their equivalents:

HI-103Connecting Ancient Worlds: World History to 15003
HI-104Age of Empires: World History 1500 to the Present3
HI-111US History to 18773
HI-112US History 1865 to the Present3

There are two different tracks for Master of Arts in History: the portfolio track and the thesis track.

Requirements of Track 1 (Portfolio)

Foundation courses(6 credits)
HI-910Study and Writing of History3
History Research Seminar3
Distribution History courses(18 credits)
US History Electives6
European History Electives6
Non-US/Non-European History Electives6
Minor Concentration in History or a related field (developed in consultation with advisor)(9 credits)
The capstone of the program is the presentation of a portfolio. Students will present the portfolio to the graduate coordinator at a meeting after all course work has been completed. The portfolio should include five papers, plus an introductory narrative that reflects upon the student’s program as a whole, provides the necessary context for understanding the five papers, and explains why those particular papers were chosen. One of the papers must be a research paper incorporating primary sources. In addition, the papers should represent work in U.S. History, European History, Non-U.S/Non-European History, and the Minor Concentration. The portfolio will be assessed by departmental committee of at least 3 members.9
Total Credits33

Requirements of Track 2 (Thesis)

Foundation course(3 credits)
HI-910Study and Writing of History3
Major Concentration in U.S. History or World History(21 credits)
Elective History courses (U.S. or World)15
HI-995Thesis Option (research)3
HI-996Thesis Option (writing)3
Minor Concentration in History or a related field (developed in consultation with advisor)(9 credits)
Students will form a thesis committee of at least two faculty members. One will be the primary advisor (and the instructor of record for the thesis courses) who will work closely with the student in their research and writing. The second will read the final version of the thesis. Upon completion of the thesis, the student will schedule an oral defense with the thesis committee.9
Total Credits33

Graduate History Courses

HI-901 Directed Study: History

Directed study offers graduate students, who because of unusual circumstances may be unable to register for a course when offered, the opportunity to complete an existing course with an established syllabus under the direction and with agreement from a faculty member. variable credits.

Fall and Spring and every year. 1-6 Credits

HI-908 Teaching History

In this course, graduate learners will gain knowledge and confidence developing their own rigorous and research-based pedagogical approach for effective teaching and learning in history and social studies, aligned with the emerging best practices in the discipline.

Fall and Spring and other or on demand. 3 Credits

HI-910 Study and Writing of History

Historical methodology, modern historiographical views, and the emergence of the New History; i.e., psychohistory, family history, and quantitative history.

3 Credits

HI-914 The Gilded Age: 1865-1900

A depiction of the period when America went through a rapid socio-economic transformation in the areas of industrialization, urbanization, and immigration.

3 Credits

HI-939 American History At the Movies

A variety of movies are used as launching pads to explore American history and the relationship of film to history.

3 Credits

HI-940 Teaching History With Film

A study of history through film and media.

3 Credits

HI-941 Medieval History

Hundred Years War and the War of the Roses (1327-1485)

3 Credits

HI-942 Tudor-Stuart England

The political, cultural and social development of England, 1485-1688

3 Credits

HI-943 World War I

The period 1870-1918, focusing upon the origins

3 Credits

HI-944 World War II

A survey of the mass industrial global conflict between 1939-1945.

3 Credits

HI-946 Eur Intell Hist Enlighten-Pres

The major ideas of the era; utilitarian, nationalist, and socialist schools; fascism, communism and liberalism.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

HI-970 China in the Twentieth Century

A consideration of the major political, diplomatic, and intellectual developments in China since 1949.

3 Credits

HI-990 Special Topics in History

An investigation of an historical issue, event or personality of mutual interest to the instructor and students.

Fall and Spring and other or on demand. 3 Credits

HI-992 Sem: American Const History

Varied topics to meet the student's needs; e.g., the Marshall Court, Taney Court, Warren and Burger Courts, and so forth.

3 Credits

HI-995 Thesis Option (research)

Research of thesis.

3 Credits

HI-996 Thesis Option (writing)

Writing of thesis.

3 Credits

HI-999 Graduate Independent Study in History

1-3 Credits