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Master of Arts in History

Prerequisites

1. A bachelor's degree in history with an overall 3.0 GPA or higher or

2. A bachelor's degree with 24 units of upper-division courses in history. These courses must be comparable to those required of a major in history at this University. Deficiencies are determined by the graduate advisor after consultation with the student and after study of transcript records.

Requirements

The Master of Arts in History is a program of 30 minimum units as defined below.

Core Courses required of all students:

  • HIST 501 Historical Thinking and the Discipline of History (3)
    Prerequisites: Students must be first-semester candidates in the M.A. program in history, candidates in the history B.A. honors program, or M.A. students from another department with permission of the instructor.
  • HIST 502 Historical Research and Writing (3)
    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in History or M.A. student from another department with permission of the instructor. Co-Requisite: History 501.
  • HIST 590 Selected Topics in Comparative History (3)
    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in History.

Fields of Study

The fields are: Africa and the Middle East, Ancient/Medieval Europe, Asia, Latin America, Modern Europe, United States, World.

All students must pursue two fields of concentration.

  • Take 18 units of graduate-level coursework in field:
  • Take one 510 in each field of study to a maximum of 6 units in each field. Different instructors within a field required when repeated. Repeatable up to 12 units.
  • Take a Research Seminar in at least one field of concentration.

For example:

  • HIST 611 (Ancient/Medieval), HIST 631 (Europe), HIST 663 (Latin America), HIST 673 (US), and HIST 682 (East Asia)

Electives applicable to all students:

Three units of electives of graduate (500/600) coursework in History or supporting disciplines relating to the student's Fields of Concentration. Upon written approval of the Graduate Advisor, students may substitute three to six units of upper-division (300/400) coursework in History or supporting disciplines relating to the student's Fields of Concentration. Graduate students who wish to enroll in double-numbered (400/500) courses must take the 500-level course.

All Students

The courses for Special Preparation (595), Directed Study (695), Directed Research (697), and Thesis (698) may be applied to the 18 unit total only with the permission of the graduate advisor. A student may propose a field other than those cited above with the consent of the Graduate advisor and her/his graduate committee.

A reading knowledge of one or more foreign languages may be required, depending upon the candidate's program of study as recommended by her/his graduate committee.

Advancement to Candidacy

Students should see Graduate Advisor to file Advancement to Candidacy after at least 6 units but no more than 15 units of graduate coursework are completed. Must have taken 501 as well as have passed the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) or appropriate designated course. The Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE) is administered several times every academic year by the University Testing Office. Must be attempted in the first semester of graduate work and passed by the time of advancement. Exam may be waived if earned a 4.0 or higher on writing portion of GRE.

Advancement must take place at least two semesters prior to taking Comprehensive Exams, completing the Thesis, or completing the teaching emphasis. Comprehensive Examination Approval Form, Thesis Committee Agreement Form, or Teaching Unit Approval Form must be filed with department at time of Advancement. At this point, a student must commit to taking exams, writing a thesis, completing a teaching emphasis. Advancement to Candidacy is a formal contract listing courses student has taken, is taking, and will take. Changes to contract may be made in consultation with Graduate Advisor.

Culminating Project

Students must select one of the following three culminating projects at time of Advancement to Candidacy:

  • 1) Comprehensive Exams in two fields,
  • 2) Thesis in one field or incorporating two fields, or
  • 3) two-week unit of instruction with all lesson plans, teaching materials, and assessments to be accompanied with a historiography of the scholarship of the chosen topic of student investigation.

1. Comprehensive exams require filing a Comprehensive Examination Approval Form with the department.

2. A thesis requires filing a Thesis Committee Agreement Form and completing HIST 698 with the thesis advisor for four (4) units. All candidates for the M.A. degree in history who have selected to write a thesis must demonstrate competency in at least one foreign language. Exceptions are granted only with the approval of the chair of a graduate student's committee and the Graduate Advisor. The language competency requirement may be met in two ways:

  • a. Through an examination by a faculty member with expertise in the student's language. The exam will be a translation of about a 500-word text to be completed in two hours; a dictionary is allowed.
  • b. By taking the equivalent of two full years of university level foreign language courses, with an average GPA of 3.0 in those courses. If the primary concentration is in Ancient/Medieval, a student may also fulfill this requirement by taking one year of Greek and one year of Latin. All course work completed must be within five years of admission to the graduate program.

3. The teaching emphasis requires filing a Teaching Unit Approval Form with the department and successfully completing HIST 605.


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