Thirty graduate credits (10 courses) are required for the Master of Arts degree. Each student plans his or her program in consultation with a faculty advisor. Students must take at least four courses in one of the following concentrations:
In consultation with their adviser, students may elect a concentration defined as a particular era, such as: ancient and medieval; early modern, the "long nineteenth century," (1789-1914 in European history); the 20th century (1914-1989 European history); or another period historically coherent epoch.
HIS 8702 – Public History; HIS 9006 – Graduate Internship in Public History (or Public History Practicum); Two additional courses in American history (HIS 8704-- Material Culture, recommended). The Theory and Methods requirement can be fulfilled with Material Culture or Visual Culture.
In consultation with their advisors and with the approval of the director of the graduate program, students may develop their own concentration. The courses must form a coherent and viable program of study. Students must provide their advisor and the director of the graduate program with a written rationale for the concentration and a list of the courses to be taken.
Students must also complete Theory and Methods and pass a comprehensive examination at or near the end of their course work. No course may be applied to more than one requirement, e.g. to two concentrations, or to a concentration and the historiography requirement. A master’s thesis is not required, but in exceptional cases students may receive department approval to write a thesis, which will earn six of the 30 credits required for the degree.