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Master of Arts in History (HST)


Adviser: Ronald Delph
701R Pray-Harrold
734.487.1018
rdelph@emich.edu

Objectives
The Master of Arts in History enables students to acquire both general and specific knowledge concerning the human past. The program features specialization and breadth in subject matter. It also incorporates instruction in historiography and methodology as well as practice in research and writing. Students learn to locate, assess and present historical data from primary and secondary sources. This helps students refine their understanding of the meaning and matter of history. The degree can serve as preparation for teaching at the secondary level, for positions in government or business or for further graduate work at the doctoral level.

Admission Requirements
Applicants must:

  1. Meet the Graduate School’s admission requirements;

  2. Complete at least 20 hours of undergraduate course work in history, with a GPA of at least 2.75 for all undergraduate history courses; and

  3. Have a minimum TOEFL score, if an international student (see the Admissions web site at www.emich.edu/admissions for minimum scores).

Advising
New students should arrange an early conference with the graduate adviser to plan their programs in detail.

Program Requirements
The Master of Arts in History program requires successful completion of at least 30 hours of course work. The 30 hours may include up to nine hours of approved 400-level courses. Courses in history are divided into the following areas:

Area 1: United States
Area 2: Europe
Area 3: Other World Areas

Students pursuing the M.A. in History may enroll in one of the two following programs: the Standard Program or the Thesis Program. All students will initially apply to the Standard Program; those wishing to apply to the Thesis Program may do so after having completed 15-18 hours of graduate course work in history.

Standard Program
This program is appealing to teachers at the secondary level and to those who wish to pursue careers teaching at a community college. Graduates of this program can also find jobs in state and federal government or in publishing, or they may combine this degree with graduate work in library and information science, public history or historic preservation. This program calls for 30 hours of course work and a comprehensive examination in each of two areas of concentration. The scope, nature and method of examination are determined by each examiner in consultation with the student. Course requirements for the standard program are as follows:

Course Requirements:


The M.A. in History requires 30 hours of course work to be distributed among required courses, restricted elective courses, elective courses in history and cognate courses as follows:

Required Courses: 5 hours


Restricted Elective Courses: 12-18 hours


Three courses in each of two of the following three areas:

Area 1: United States
Area 2: Europe
Area 3: Other World Areas

Elective Courses in History: 1-13 hours


One to 13 hours selected in consultation with the graduate adviser.

Cognate Courses: 0-6 hours


Zero to six hours selected in consultation with the graduate adviser.

Thesis Program:


Designed for those intending to pursue doctoral studies in history, this program has further admissions requirements in addition to those described in the standard program. In addition to a 2.75 undergraduate GPA in history, students must score 1150 or better on the GRE, and submit a copy of these test scores along with their application to the thesis tract. Once admitted into the program students will also complete six hours of directed research, concluding with a thesis. No foreign language is required for the thesis tract, but students should consult with their thesis director on the advisability of gaining competency in a foreign language in preparation for engaging in advanced research on the doctoral level. Course requirements for the thesis program are as follows:

Required Courses: 5 hours


Restricted Elective Courses: 12-18 hours


Three courses in each of two of the following three areas:

Area 1: United States
Area 2: Europe
Area 3: Other World Areas

Elective Courses in History: 1-13 hours


One to 13 hours selected in consultation with the graduate adviser.

Thesis: 6 hours


Six hours from the following:

Program Total: 30 hours


Undergraduate Courses for Graduate Credit: History and Philosophy


The following courses may be elected for graduate credit. A maximum of nine hours of approved 400-level course work may be permitted in the earning of any graduate degree.

If you intend to enroll in any of the following undergraduate courses for graduate credit, you must submit a request form from the Graduate School to receive permission before enrolling in the course; otherwise, you will receive undergraduate credit.