MA IN HISTORY

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Villanova University is one of relatively few academic institutions in the country that offers only a master's degree in History, rather than both the MA and PhD, and, as such, our master's students benefit from close relationships with faculty.

Thirty credits (10 courses) are required to complete the master's program. There is no thesis requirement, but opportunities to undertake original research projects are offered as part of regular courses. Students plan their course of study in consultation with a faculty advisor in one of the concentrations below.

Students must complete HIS 8850 - Theory and Methods. No course may be applied to more than one requirement, e.g. to two concentrations, or to a concentration and the historiography requirement.
 

MA CONCENTRATIONS

  • HIS 8077 - African American History during Slavery
  • HIS 8088 - Africa American History since Slavery
  • HIS 8081 - Reconstruction
  • HIS 8410 - The Atlantic World
  • HIS 8433 - Imperialism & Nationalism in the Middle East
  • HIS 8436 - Women in Modern Middle East
  • HIS 8441 - Africa and the Emergence from Colonialism

These courses may apply. Please consult semester course listings:

  • HIS 8002 -  Topics in North American History
  • HIS 8402 - Topics in World History
  • HIS 8414 - Topics in Latin America History
  • HIS 8602 - Topics in Comparative History
  • HIS 8800 - Topics in Historiography
  • HIS 8011 - Colonial North America
  • HIS 8061 - American Foreign Relations to 1914
  • HIS 8062 - Foreign Relations Since 1914
  • HIS 8077 - Topics in African-American History During Slavery
  • HIS 8410 - Atlantic World 1500-1800
  • HIS 8412 - Colonial Latin America
  • HIS 8416 - Modern Latin America
  • HIS 8648 - Environmental History
  • HIS 8061 - American Foreign Relations to 1914
  • HIS 8062 - American Foreign Relations since 1914
  • HIS 8425 - Modern Japan
  • HIS 8428 - Women and Gender in East Asia
  • HIS 8433 - Imperialism & Nationalism in the Middle East
  • HIS 8436 - Women and Gender in the Middle East
  • HIS 8452 - History of Modern South Asia

These courses may apply. Please consult semester course listings:

  • HIS 8204 - Topics in Ancient History
  • HIS 8402 - Topics in World History
  • HIS 8454 - Empire & Decolonization
  • HIS 8602 - Topics in Comparative History
  • HIS 8662 - Impact of War on Society
  • HIS 8800 - Topics in Historiography
  • HIS 8011 - American Society in the Colonial Era to 1750
  • HIS 8077 - Topics in African-American History During Slavery
  • His 8231 - French Revolution and Napoleonic Era
  • HIS 8235 - British Economy and Society 1689-1815
  • HIS 8248 - Early Modern Ireland
  • HIS 8410 - Atlantic World 1500-1800
  • HIS 8648 - Environmental History

These courses may apply. Please consult the semester course listings:

  • HIS 8002 - Seminar in North American History
  • HIS 8066 - Topics in American Intellectual and Cultural History
  • HIS 8071 - Topics in Early American Social History
  • HIS 8021 - Early American Republic
  • HIS 8402 - Topics in World History
  • HIS 8414 - Topics in Latin American History
  • HIS 8454 - Empire & Decolonization
  • HIS 8602 - Topics in Comparative History
  • HIS 8800 - Topics in Historiography
  • HIS 8202 - Seminar Topics European History
  • HIS 8205 - Ancient Mediterranean
  • HIS 8206 - Dark Ages
  • HIS 8207 - Women in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
  • HIS 8208 - Medieval Europe
  • HIS 8209 - The Renaissance
  • HIS 8211 - Reformation and Catholic Counter Reformation
  • HIS 8225 - The Enlightenment
  • HIS 8231 - French Revolution and Napoleonic Era
  • HIS 8235 - British Economy and Society 1689-1815
  • HIS 8241 - European Nationalism 1815-1870
  • HIS 8245 - Great Britain since 1815
  • HIS 8248 - Early Modern Ireland
  • HIS 8252 - Modern France since 1815
  • HIS 8262 - Imperial Russia to 1917
  • HIS 8272 - Europe on the Eve of WWI
  • HIS 8274 - Twentieth Century Europe
  • HIS 8275 - European Imperialism
  • HIS 8279 - Germany since 1945
  • HIS 8281 - Russia and the USSR in the 20th Century
  • HIS 8292 - European Intellectual History since 1850
  • HIS 8002 - Seminar in North American History
  • HIS 8011 - American Society in the Colonial Era to 1750
  • HIS 8016 - American Nation 1750-1800
  • HIS 8021 - Early American Republic
  • HIS 8026 - American Civil War Studies
  • HIS 8033 - The Gilded Age, 1865-1900
  • HIS 8041 - Roosevelt to Roosevelt
  • HIS 8042 - US since the New Deal
  • HIS 8061 - American Foreign Relations to 1914
  • HIS 8062 - American Foreign Relations since 1914
  • HIS 8003 - American Women and Gender History
  • HIS 8066 - Topics in Amer Intellectual and Cultural History
  • HIS 8071 - Topics in Early American Social History
  • HIS 8072 - Topics in Modern American Social History
  • HIS 8076 - Topics in American Economic History
  • HIS 8077 - Topics in African-American History During Slavery
  • HIS 8078 - Topics in African-American History since 1865
  • HIS 8081 - Reconstruction
  • HIS 8702 - Intro to Public History
  • HIS 8704 - Material Culture
  • HIS 8802 - Seminar in American Historiography
  • HIS 8011 - American Society in the Colonial Era to 1750
  • HIS 8016 - American Nation 1750-1800
  • HIS 8061 - American Foreign Relations to 1914
  • HIS 8205 - Ancient Mediterranean
  • HIS 8231 - French Revolution and Napoleonic Era
  • HIS 8248 - Early Modern Ireland
  • HIS 8262 - Imperial Russia to 1917
  • HIS 8272 - Europe on the Eve of WWI
  • HIS 8274 - Twentieth Century Europe
  • HIS 8275 - European Imperialism
  • HIS 8410 - Atlantic World 1500-1800
  • HIS 8425 - Modern Japan
  • HIS 8433 - Imperialism and Nationalism in the Middle East
  • HIS 8436 - Women and Gender in the Middle East
  • HIS 8441 - Africa and the Emergence from Colonialism
  • HIS 8452 - History of Modern South Asia
  • HIS 8454 - Empire and Decolonization
  • HIS 8682 - The Cold War as History

Courses that may apply. Please check semester course listings:

  • HIS 8002 - Seminar in North American History
  • HIS 8033 - The Gilded Age, 1865-1900
  • HIS 8076 - Topics in American Economic History
  • HIS 8066 - American Intellectual and Cultural History
  • HIS 8209 - The Renaissance
  • HIS 8211 - Reformation and Catholic Counter Reformation
  • HIS 8225 - The Enlightenment
  • HIS 8292 - European Intellectual History since 1850
  • HIS 8410 - Atlantic World 1500-1800
  • HIS 8441 - Africa and Emergence from Colonialism
  • HIS 8800 - Topics in Historiography
  • HIS 8802 - Seminar in American Historiography
  • HIS 8804 - Seminar in European Historiography
  • HIS 8806 - Seminar in Historiography of Gender

This course may apply. Check semester course listings:

  • HIS 8642 - Topics in the History of Science and Technology
  • HIS 8011 - American Society in the Colonial Era to 1750
  • HIS 8026 - American Civil War Studies
  • HIS 8033 - The Gilded Age, 1865-1900
  • HIS 8041 - Roosevelt to Roosevelt
  • HIS 8077 - Topics in African-American History During Slavery
  • HIS 8078 - Topics in African-American History since 1865
  • HIS 8081 - Reconstruction
  • HIS 8205 - Ancient Mediterranean
  • HIS 8207 - Women in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
  • HIS 8275 - European Imperialism
  • HIS 8410 - Atlantic World 1500-1800
  • HIS 8433 - Imperialism and Nationalism in the Middle East
  • HIS 8436 - Women and Gender in the Middle East
  • HIS 8441 - Africa and Emergence from Colonialism
  • HIS 8452 - History of Modern South Asia
  • HIS 8454 - Empire & Decolonization

These courses may apply. Consult semester course listings:

  • HIS 8002 - Seminar in North American History
  • HIS 8071 - Topics in Early American Social History
  • HIS 8072 - Topics in Modern American Social History
  • HIS 8402 - Topics in World History
  • HIS 8016 - American Nation 1750-1800
  • HIS 8231 - French Revolution and Napoleonic Era
  • HIS 8241 - European Nationalism 1815-1870
  • HIS 8248 - Early Modern Ireland
  • HIS 8252 - Modern France since 1815
  • HIS 8262 - Imperial Russia to 1917
  • HIS 8274 - 20th Century Europe
  • HIS 8279 - German since 1945
  • HIS 8281 - Russia and the USSR in the 20th Century
  • HIS 8452 - History of Modern South Asia
  • HIS 8454 - Empire and Decolonization
  • HIS 8603 - Topics in History of Revolution

These courses may apply. Please consult semester course listings:

  • HIS 8002 - Seminar Topics in North American History
  • HIS 8402 - Seminar Topics in World History
  • HIS 8414 - Topics in Latin America History
  • HIS 8602 - Topics in Comparative History
  • HIS 8021 - Early American Republic
  • HIS 8041 - Roosevelt to Roosevelt
  • HIS 8081 - Reconstruction
  • HIS 8205 - Ancient Mediterranean
  • HIS 8231 - French Revolution and the Napoleonic Era
  • HIS 8241 - European Nationalism 1815-1870
  • HIS 8245 - Great Britain since 1815
  • HIS 8262 - Imperial Russia to 1917
  • HIS 8281 - Russia and the USSR in the 20th Century
  • HIS 8425 - Modern Japan
  • HIS 8433 - Imperialism & Nationalism in the Middle East
  • HIS 8452 - History of Modern South Asia
  • HIS 8279 - Germany since 1945
  • HIS 8441 - Africa and Emergence from Colonialism

These courses may apply. Please consult semester listing of courses:

  • HIS 8402 - Topics in World History
  • HIS 8602 - Top in Comparative History
  • HIS 8800 - Topics in Historiography
  • HIS 8065 - American Women and Gender History
  • HIS 8212 - Women and Gender in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
  • HIS 8293 - Women and Gender in Modern Europe
  • HIS 8428 - Women and Gender in East Asia
  • HIS 8436 - Women and Gender in the Middle East
  • HIS 8613 - Topics in Gender and Women’s History
  • HIS 8806 - Historiography of Gender

These courses may apply. Please consult semester course listings

  • HIS 8402 - Topics in World History
  • HIS 8602 - Topics in Comparative History
  • HIS 8800 - Topics in Historiography

In consultation with their advisor, 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.

The master’s degree with this concentration prepares graduate students for careers or community service in historic sites, museums and archives in Philadelphia and across the country. The concentration combines seminar discussions with practical experience and in-depth study of United States history.

Courses include: 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.

        

Ready for the Next Step?

Department of History
St. Augustine Center
Room 403
800 E. Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

Graduate Program Director: Dr. Craig Bailey

Graduate Program Coordinator: Vicki Sharpless

     

     

DEADLINES

Fall Assistantship: February 1

Fall: Rolling until August 1

Spring: Rolling until December 1

Summer: Rolling until May 1

If you have missed a deadline, please contact Dr. Craig Bailey to discuss your options.

Begin Your Application.

       

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