1. A bachelor's degree in history with an overall 3.0 GPA or higher or
2. A bachelor's degree with 24 units of upper-division courses in history. These courses must be comparable to those required of a major in history at this University. Deficiencies are determined by the graduate advisor after consultation with the student and after study of transcript records.
The Master of Arts in History is a program of 30 minimum units as defined below.
Core Courses required of all students:
The fields are: Africa and the Middle East, Ancient/Medieval Europe, Asia, Latin America, Modern Europe, United States, World.
All students must pursue two fields of concentration.
Electives applicable to all students:
Three units of electives of graduate (500/600) coursework in History or supporting disciplines relating to the student's Fields of Concentration. Upon written approval of the Graduate Advisor, students may substitute three to six units of upper-division (300/400) coursework in History or supporting disciplines relating to the student's Fields of Concentration. Graduate students who wish to enroll in double-numbered (400/500) courses must take the 500-level course.
The courses for Special Preparation (595), Directed Study (695), Directed Research (697), and Thesis (698) may be applied to the 18 unit total only with the permission of the graduate advisor. A student may propose a field other than those cited above with the consent of the Graduate advisor and her/his graduate committee.
A reading knowledge of one or more foreign languages may be required, depending upon the candidate's program of study as recommended by her/his graduate committee.
Students should see Graduate Advisor to file Advancement to Candidacy after at least 6 units but no more than 15 units of graduate coursework are completed. Must have taken 501 as well as have passed the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) or appropriate designated course. The Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE) is administered several times every academic year by the University Testing Office. Must be attempted in the first semester of graduate work and passed by the time of advancement. Exam may be waived if earned a 4.0 or higher on writing portion of GRE.
Advancement must take place at least two semesters prior to taking Comprehensive Exams, completing the Thesis, or completing the project/teaching emphasis. Comprehensive Examination Approval Form, Thesis Committee Agreement Form, or Teaching Unit Approval Form must be filed with department at time of Advancement. At this point, a student must commit to taking exams, writing a thesis, completing a project/teaching emphasis. Advancement to Candidacy is a formal contract listing courses student has taken, is taking, and will take. Changes to contract may be made in consultation with Graduate Advisor.
Students must select one of the following three culminating projects at time of Advancement to Candidacy (Note: In order to satisfy the culminating activity requirement (thesis, project, or comprehensive examination dependent upon the program), students must earn at least three (3) units and no more than six (6) units related to the completion of the culminating activity.):
1. Comprehensive exams require filing a Comprehensive Examination Approval Form with the department.
2. A thesis requires filing a Thesis Committee Agreement Form and completing HIST 698 with the thesis advisor for four (4) units. All candidates for the M.A. degree in history who have selected to write a thesis must demonstrate competency in at least one foreign language. Exceptions are granted only with the approval of the chair of a graduate student's committee and the Graduate Advisor. The language competency requirement may be met in two ways:
3. The project/teaching emphasis requires filing a Teaching Unit Approval Form with the department and successfully completing HIST 605.