The Master of Arts in History degree program at Georgia Southern University is designed to serve the diverse needs of graduate students, whether they seek a solid grounding in graduate study as preparation for entry into doctoral programs, wish to earn a degree as part of their professional development, or are interested in pursuing careers as public historians, archivists, or librarians. With the second largest history faculty in the University System of Georgia, Georgia Southern University offers students a wide array of course offerings in areas ranging from gender studies to military history. Students may choose the thesis or non-thesis option, depending upon their future plans. By emphasizing an appreciation of the past in all of its complexities and interconnectedness of knowledge, the Georgia Southern University graduate program in History seeks to instill in students a sense of curiosity and to develop critical thinking, communication, and analytical skills relevant to a variety of careers.
Regular Admission Requirements
- Completed requirements for the Bachelor’s degree in a college accredited by the proper regional accrediting associations.
- A 3.0 (4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average or higher on all undergraduate work, with a 3.0 cumulative GPA in history and no grade it history lower than a “C”.
- Minimum Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores of 550 on the Verbal section, 500 on the Quantitative section, and 4.0 on the Analytical Writing for applicants who took the GRE PRIOR to August 2011; or minimum scores of 156 Verbal plus 144 Quantitative or 4.0 Analytical Writing for applicants who took the exam after July 31, 2011. Lower test scores may be considered but the applicant will need strong evidence of the ability to perform satisfactorily in graduate-level work.
- An undergraduate major or the equivalent in history. Students with majors in other fields of study are given equal consideration for admission providing they have at least 15 semester hours (or quarter-system equivalent) of history (at least 12 hours at the upper division level) and a total of 30 hours in the social sciences and humanities.
- A statement of purpose (at least 250 words) outlining the interest of the application in graduate study in History.
- Two letters of recommendation by individuals who are familiar with the applicant’s potential for successful graduate study.
*International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES accredited evaluation service and must be a course by course evaluation and include a GPA.
Provisional Admission Requirements
Non-traditional students and applicants not meeting the above requirements may be considered for Provisional (Probationary) admission as determined on a case-by-case basis.
Armstrong, Statesboro Degree Requirements: 33 Credit Hours
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Why Study History?
In survey after survey, employers stress the need for people who think critically and well. Rather than seeking job-specific skills, today’s lean corporations look for flexible problem solvers:
“Employees with liberal arts majors have shown stronger management skills and have advanced further than those with other college majors.” – Bell Systems
“GM values a broad-based education that cultivates creative, analytical, and communication skills and encourages self-motivation, persistence, and self-discipline.” – General Motors, which employs more than 1,000 history majors.
History graduates work as analysts in business in government, as researchers, public relations officers, editors, teachers, sales executives, and managers. History is a preferred pre-law major, and two Georgia Southern history professors are also attorneys who give students expert advice on choosing classes and getting into law school. History majors also go to graduate schools in business, public administration, information science, education, and journalism, in addition to history.
History prepares students for careers in public history, including archival management, museum curatorship, and historic preservation.
More than dates and events, history gives us a broader view of our world. By understanding how people thought and acted across the ages in the different parts of the world, we can better understand the events of today and how we can influence tomorrow.
History majors analyze and interpret information, write and share ideas about why events happened and develop the knowledge and skills that help them to succeed in today’s workplace.
Student Learning Outcomes for the MA in History. Students will:
Students will demonstrate the ability to present and support extended oral arguments about
important ideas and concepts of history. This implies the ability to:
- Discuss diverse time periods, peoples, situations, and societies;
- Perceive past events and issues in an appropriate historical context;
- Comprehend the interplay of change and continuity;
- Grasp the complexities of historical causation.
- Effectively communicate historical arguments to non-specialists.
Students will develop skills in both the mechanics and structure of writing to effectively
and skillfully present historical research and argumentation. This implies the ability to:
- Write clearly and effectively about complex ideas;
- Effectively use narrative to tell important stories;
- Follow proper rules of grammar and syntax;
- Use proper Turabian (Chicago Style) forms of citation.
Students will construct original historical arguments based upon competent research in
primary materials and present these arguments effectively in a final Thesis or Non-
Thesis Project. This implies the ability to:
- Work successfully in archives and other repositories of primary materials;
- Construct convincing interpretations based upon secondary and primary sources and place those interpretations within the historiography of the subject;
- Present historical interpretations and arguments in a well-organized, readable, and logical manner;
- Complete a thesis or other project that reflects the best practices of historians.
Students will demonstrate orally an understanding of the historiography and theory
relevant to a thesis or non-thesis project research, and an ability to place work within
those historiographical and theoretical frameworks as shown by a Thesis or Non-Thesis
Project. This implies the ability to:
- Explain clearly the process of framework used to reach conclusions;
- Place conclusions within a larger historical and historiographical context;
- Defend conclusions reasonably when challenged;
- Consider openly new points of view.
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