The Master of Arts in History may be achieved through one of two options. The thesis option requires 30 semester credits, including six credits of HIST 698; or the non-thesis option requires 36 semester credits. Those in the non-thesis track must take a minimum of six semester credits in research-level courses, and also an oral comprehensive exam. All students in both tracks must take HIST 601 as a prerequisite or corequisite for all research courses; students entering in January should take HIST 601 the next time it is offered.
Students may take up to six semester credits of non-history electives from an approved list. The department’s Graduate Affairs Committee maintains the list of approved courses, and students may use these courses for credit with the approval of the graduate director. In addition, students who wish to pursue specific areas of study may, with the approval of the graduate director, substitute other courses when appropriate, but in no case shall be able to count more than six semester hours of non-history courses.