Master's Degree Requirements

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:

Chronological:
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.

Public History:
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). Historiography course should be U.S. or comparative with strong U.S. component.

Self-Designed:
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 one course in historiography 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.

Contact the Program Director

Judith Giesberg, Ph.D.
(610) 519-4668

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