Graduate Program and Options

Upon entering the graduate program, candidates for the MA in History degree will select one of the following program options, depending on their interests and upon approval of the graduate committee.

Generalist option:

For those students pursuing the MA as a hobbyist, or for those planning to continue the graduate education toward another MA, a PhD, a JD or other advanced degree, the generalist option may be the clearest route.  The capstone experience is an examination of two topics, as determined by the student and the faculty advisor.

Teaching Option:

For those who are currently teachers or hope to build a career as a teacher, the teaching option offers introductory courses in the pedagogy of teaching history, as well as opportunities to serve as a grader for undergraduate sections if desired and available.  The capstone project entail curriculum building and planning to be determined in consultation with the appropriate faculty members.

Public History Option:

The Public History encourages candidates to explore the ways in which the public accesses, consumes and interacts with history, generally outside of the classroom. The focus of a public history students is wide, ranging from museum work, to archival curation, to documentary film or other forms of popular history. An internship is required.  The capstone project will reflect these interests, with the form of project to be determined in consultation with appropriate faculty.

University Thesis Option:

This option involves production of a significant research paper, closely mentored by a member of the faculty.  The graduate committee must sign off on all students hoping to complete this option. For more information, click here.

Faculty Graduate Program Coordinator

Beginning Fall 2020, the Graduate Coordinator will be Dr. Linda Ivey, and she will serve as the general academic advisor for all M.A. students in History. The Coordinator's office hours change each quarter.