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 & MED SOC
PSM: MEDIEVAL ENGLAND
One Seminar Course4
SEM: MEDVL RELIG CULTURES
SEM: MED POLITICAL CULTURES
MEDIEVAL INTELLECTUAL CULTURES
SEM: CHURCH LAW & MED SOC
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

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