The Department of History offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Arts degree. Its curriculum combines American, European, and Transnational/Global areas. The program prepares students who seek any of the following: a doctoral study in history or related fields, advancement in secondary and elementary education with a concentration in history and the social sciences, certification in applied history, and/or additional graduate study in a variety of professional areas. The program also provides the knowledge base for those pursuing history as an avocation. The program concentrates on research and primary materials, written analysis of research results, the study of important monographs in all fields of history, and training in a number of specialized fields, such as oral history and historic preservation. The department prides itself on its small classes and close personal attention to all of its master’s candidates.
The Department of History offers three options to candidates for a Master of Arts degree in history. Option I is designed primarily for students who wish to continue studies toward a doctorate. Option II is designed primarily to meet the needs and improve the effectiveness of secondary teachers. Option III, the certificate in applied history, is designed to prepare students for career opportunities in that field.
Each candidate for the M.A. in history must pass a written and an oral examination in three fields of concentration. The examination will require factual and interpretative material, as well as bibliography and historiography.
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