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Master of Arts in History Requirements


Master's students are required to complete eight classes (30-32 credits). This can be completed with one year of full time study (three courses in each the fall and spring and two over the summer). At least six of these courses must be taken within the history department. Students must maintain a 'B' (3.0) average in their coursework to qualify for the Master's Degree. In addition to course work, MA students must demonstrate reading proficiency in one foreign language. M.A. students are required to complete a research paper (40-60 pages) on which they will be orally examined by two professors. Students concentrating in Modern History will develop (normally within their coursework) a research proposal in the fall semester.  In the spring they will complete the project by taking a research tutorial with a faculty member in which they produce a research proposal and a research colloquium. Students concentrating in Medieval History will develop a proposal and research paper through the proseminar/seminar sequence. MA Final papers in History should be formatted according to the guidelines in The Chicago Manual of Style and use the notes-bibliography style option. The best guide to formatting notes, bibliography, tables, and other parts of the thesis is Kate L. Turabian, Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (University of Chicago Press, 7th edn., 2007). An oral defense of the research paper will complete the requirements for the M.A. degree.

Checklist for M.A. Concentrations


Medieval History

  • The year-long proseminar/seminar sequence (8 credits).
  • Three additional courses in medieval history (12 credits).
  • One more history course in any area (4 credits).
  • Two additional history courses in a minor field outside medieval history (8 credits). With the approval of the department, students may take one or both of these courses in another department provided the courses are of a historical nature.
  • M.A. research seminar paper.
  • MA research paper oral exam
  • Reading proficiency in one foreign language, including any relevant ancient or modern language

Modern History

  • Research Tutorial (3 credits) plus Research Colloquium (1 credit)
  • At least five additional courses in modern (20-28 credits).
  • Students may take two additional history courses in a minor field outside modern history (8 credits). With the approval of the department, students may take one or both of these courses in another department provided the courses are of a historical nature.
  • M.A. research tutorial paper.
  • M.A. research paper oral exam.
  • Reading proficiency in one foreign language.

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