Adviser: Ronald Delph
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.
Meet the Graduate School’s admission requirements;
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
Have a minimum TOEFL score, if an international student (see the Admissions web site at www.emich.edu/admissions for minimum scores).
New students should arrange an early conference with the graduate adviser to plan their programs in detail.
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.
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: