History, MA

Parent Entity: 
Liberal Arts, College of » History
Program Type: 
Degree Type: 
Master of Arts

Program Description:

The purpose of the Master of Arts program in history is to provide broad but intensive training for students who intend to pursue careers as professional historians, whether in teaching, research, or archival or historical preservation fields, or for those who desire strong historical backgrounds for other vocational or avocational objectives. The program offers opportunities for specialized study and research, but without neglecting the breadth that characterizes historical work at its best. In recognition of the fact that students' interests and goals are varied, the program provides a choice of four concentrations (see the following details) along with the option for a general curriculum, all of which lead to a Master of Arts degree. This program is approved by the Ohio Board of Regents.

Admissions Requirements:

Decisions regarding admission to the graduate program of the Department of History, continuation in the program, and dismissal from it will be made by the department's graduate studies committee. The candidate must meet the requirements of the graduate school, hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, and meet a minimum grade point average (3.0 or better in history and 3.0 overall). Each candidate shall also include a statement of goals, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample of 7-20 pages on a historical topic. This writing sample can be a paper used in an undergraduate history course. The GRE is not required. In special cases, a candidate with a grade point average below 3.0 may be admitted on conditional status with the approval of the department's graduate studies committee. Conditional status may be granted upon a favorable committee recommendation based upon the candidate's application and interview with a director of the graduate program.

A strong candidate will have substantial undergraduate course work in history, or a major in the field. An applicant without such a background may enter the program but may be required to take deficiency work as prescribed by the graduate studies committee.

A graduate student in any college of the university may take up to three graduate history courses without prior approval of the Department of History. Any student desiring more than 9 credit hours of graduate history courses must secure the approval of a director of the graduate program.

Students are admitted to the program for the Fall semester only. Deadlines: March 15 (for consideration for assistantships, graduate tuition scholarships, and other forms of financial aid); April 15 (all other applications).

Program Learning Outcomes:

Students completing the program will be able to:

  • Communicate a sophisticated knowledge of history and disseminate it to the general public through completion of thesis projects, Public History capstone projects, Public History conferences, and other presentations and exhibits.
  • Encourage others to explore and understand the historical context of their lives through public contact in societies, historical organizations, community and social groups, local and regional schools, History Day, and in museums and archives.
  • Develop their own appreciation and knowledge of history through contact and networking with other historians (through the department, alumni, and professional organizations), and through a continued quest for knowledge by readings and primary research. 
  • Be prepared to matriculate into Ph.D. programs or to advance their careers in secondary education. Graduates in the Public History plan will be qualified to obtain employment in historical organizations, corporations, government, non-profits, archives, libraries, or museums.

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