M.A. of Arts Degree in History - Public History Option
The MA degree in History (Public History Option) requires a minimum of 36 hours of approved course work. 18 hours must be history content courses, including HIST 598 (Historiography and Historical Method) and one research course (HIST 520, 532, or 542). Content courses must also include classes in United States and non-United States history. The other 18 hours must be public history courses, including 6 hours of internship at selected public history venues. The required courses for the Public History option are HIST 507, HIST 508, HIST 509, HIST 510, and two semesters of HIST 599 (Internship). A thesis is not required for this degree.
Each student in the public history option must demonstrate proficiency in at least one foreign language prior to the awarding of the MA Degree. Proficiency will be measured either by the successful completion (with a C or better) of 14 hours in a single foreign language (either on an undergraduate or graduate level) or by obtaining a passing score on a standardized foreign language exam.
A written comprehensive examination will be administered after the student has completed her/his course work or during the semester of anticipated graduation. The examination, based on course work submitted for the MA Public History degree plan, will be constructed, administered, and evaluated by the student's advisory committee. If the result of the examination is unsatisfactory, the student will be allowed to retake the comprehensive examination one additional time. Additional course work in areas of weakness may be required.