The Master of Arts in History, Plan A, Liberal Arts Specialization offers students the opportunity to write an original thesis. Working closely with a faculty mentor in one of our department’s areas of expertise (for example, U.S. history, environmental history, public history), students on Plan A conduct archival research to author an original piece of scholarship. Coursework on Plan A, and in all of our programs of study, is based in small seminars and stresses historiography, research methods, and hands-on experience.
The Plan A program of study requires proficiency in a language other than English. This requirement can be met through an exam or through coursework.
Students who successfully complete the program will:
1) Develop historical research questions and conduct historical synthesis, analysis, and interpretation using primary and secondary source research.
2) Develop the critical reading, speaking, and writing skills essential to professional historical practice.
3) Define historical narratives and develop both breadth and depth of knowledge in the historiography of chosen fields of study.
4) Conduct archival research to author an original piece of scholarship.
5) Practice historical methods in various settings, which may include academic, applied, and/or public.
Effective Fall 2023
|Required Courses in Historical Methods and Practice:|
|HIST 501||Historical Method: Historiography||3|
|HIST 579||Professional Development Seminar||1|
|Reading Seminars (select four courses from the following): 1||12|
|Reading Seminar: U.S. to 1877|
|Reading Seminar: U.S. Since 1877|
|Reading Seminar--Public History|
|Reading Seminar-Europe to 1815|
|Reading Seminar-Europe Since 1815|
|Reading Seminar: Latin America|
|Reading Seminar: Middle East|
|Reading Seminar: East Asia|
|Reading Seminar: South Asia|
|Reading Seminar--World Environmental History|
|Research Seminar (select one course from the following): 2||3|
|Research Seminar: United States|
|Research Seminar--Public History|
|500- or 600-level HIST course||3|
|Foreign Language: Requirement may be fulfilled by exam or through coursework.|
|Program Total Credits:||34|
A minimum of 34 credits are required to complete this program.
At least one course should be U.S., and one course should be non-U.S. Select the remaining in consultation with advisor.
Research seminar must be in the student's thesis field.
HIST and non-HIST subject code courses numbered 300-699. At least 3 credits must be non-HIST.