History (M.A.)

Master's students are required to complete eight classes (30-32 credits), which can be completed with one year of full-time study (three courses each in the fall and spring, and two courses over the summer). At least six of these courses must be taken within the history department, and students must maintain a 'B' (3.0) average in their coursework to qualify for their degree. MA students are also required to complete a research paper (40-60 pages) on which they will be orally examined by two professors. Each field of study has a different procedure for this final research paper.

Courses should be selected in consultation with the  Director of Graduation Studies. 

Medieval History Concentration

Students concentrating in medieval history will develop a proposal and research paper through the proseminar/seminar sequence.

Course Title Credits
One Pro-Seminar Course4
Psm: Med Political Cultures
Medieval Intellectual Cultures
Psm: Church Law & Medieval Society
PSM: Medieval England
One Seminar Course4
Sem: Medieval Relig Cultures
Sem: Med Political Cultures
Medieval Intellectual Cultures
Sem: Church Law and Med Society
Sem: Medieval England
Three Medieval History courses12
Two non-medieval History courses 16 to 8
One Elective History course4
Reading Proficiency in one Foreign Language 2
MA Research Seminar Paper & Oral Examination
Total Credits30-32
1

These courses should encompass a minor field outside medieval history. With the approval of the department, students may take one or both of these courses in another department provided the courses are of a historical nature.

2

The foreign language requirement includes any relevant ancient or modern language. More information about the language requirement can be found on our page on the Fordham website.

Modern History Concentration

Students concentrating in modern history will develop (normally within their coursework) a research proposal in the fall semester. In the spring, they will complete the project by taking a research tutorial with a faculty member in which they produce a research proposal and a research colloquium.

Course Title Credits
Research Tutorial3
HIST 8000Research Colloquium1
Five Modern History courses20
Two non-modern History Courses 16 to 8
Reading Proficiency in one Foreign Language 2
MA Research Seminar Paper & Oral Examination
Total Credits30-32
1

These courses should encompass a minor field outside modern history. With the approval of the department, students may take one or both of these courses in another department provided the courses are of a historical nature.

2

The foreign language requirement includes any relevant ancient or modern language. More information about the language requirement can be found on our page on the Fordham website.