History, (MA; Minor)

Master of Arts in History
Graduate Minor in History

Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences

history.appstate.edu

James Goff, Chair and Professor
goffjr@appstate.edu

Mary Valante, Graduate Program Director and Professor
valantema@appstate.edu

The Department offers the following graduate degrees and a graduate minor:

  • Master of Arts in History (Major Code: 255*/54.0101) with concentrations in
    • General History (255B)
    • Historic Preservation (255C)
    • Museum Studies (255E)
    • Public History (255D)
  • Graduate Minor in History (248/54.0101)

PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE GRADUATE MINOR IN HISTORY (Code: 248)

A graduate minor in History consists of 8-12 semester hours selected from HIS graduate course offerings, except HIS 5989.

PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS IN HISTORY

Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School; official general GRE exam scores; cover letter stating reasons that the applicant wishes to enter the program in history; sample of written work such as a research paper.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School. Meeting this condition does not guarantee admission.

Location: On Campus

 Course Requirements for the Master of Arts in History with a Concentration in General History (Code: 255B)
Semester Hours Required (minimum): 30 with Thesis; 36 without Thesis
 
Required Course
  • HIS 5000: Varieties and Methodologies of History (3)
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Thesis Options
(CHOOSE ONE)

Thesis Option

Choose at least 6 s.h. from the Research Seminars:

  • HIS 5107: Research Seminar in European History (3)
  • HIS 5207: Research Seminar in American History (3)
  • HIS 5209: Research Seminar in Appalachian History (3)
  • HIS 5307: Research Seminar in Latin American History (3)

Choose at least 6 s.h. from the Readings Seminars:

  • HIS 5106: Readings Seminar in European History (3)
  • HIS 5206: Readings Seminar in American History (3)
  • HIS 5208: Readings Seminar in Appalachian History (3)
  • HIS 5306: Readings Seminar in Latin American History (3)
  • HIS 5406: Readings Seminar in African/Middle Eastern/Asian History (3)
HIS 5998: Thesis Research (3)

HIS 5999: Thesis (3)

9 s.h. of graduate electives: may be satisfied by enrolling in other History courses or in up to 6 s.h. of relevant courses in other departments with advice and approval of the advisor.

Non-Thesis Option

Choose at least 9 s.h. from the Research Seminars:

  • HIS 5107: Research Seminar in European History (3)
  • HIS 5207: Research Seminar in American History (3)
  • HIS 5209: Research Seminar in Appalachian History (3)
  • HIS 5307: Research Seminar in Latin American History (3)

Choose at least 9 s.h. from the Readings Seminars:

  • HIS 5106: Readings Seminar in European History (3)
  • HIS 5206: Readings Seminar in American History (3)
  • HIS 5208: Readings Seminar in Appalachian History (3)
  • HIS 5306: Readings Seminar in Latin American History (3)
  • HIS 5406: Readings Seminar in African/Middle Eastern/Asian History (3)

15 s.h. of graduate electives: may be satisfied by enrolling in other History courses or in up to 6 s.h. of relevant courses in other departments with advice and approval of the advisor.

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 Course Requirements for the Master of Arts in History with Concentrations in Historic Preservation, Museum Studies, and Public History
Semester Hours Required (minimum): 36
 
Required Courses
  • HIS 5000: Varieties and Methodologies of History (3)
  • HIS 5575: Introduction to Public History (3)
  • HIS 5900: Internship in History (6)
  • Choose at least 6 s.h. from the Readings Seminars:
    • HIS 5106: Readings Seminar in European History (3)
    • HIS 5206: Readings Seminar in American History (3)
    • HIS 5208: Readings Seminar in Appalachian History (3)
    • HIS 5306: Readings Seminar in Latin American History (3)
    • HIS 5406: Readings Seminar in African/Middle Eastern/Asian History (3)
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Concentration
(CHOOSE ONE*)

Historic Preservation Concentration (Code: 255C)

  • HIS 5577: Historical Documentation (3)
  • HIS 5578: Architectural History (3)
  • HIS 5586: Introduction to Historic Preservation (3)
  • HIS 5587: Philosophy of Historic Preservation (3)
  • 6 s.h. of graduate electives from the following Public History Courses, or students may select up to 6 s.h. of other graduate courses upon approval of the coordinator of the Public History Concentration and the Director of Graduate Studies in History.
    • HIS 5400: Grant Writing (3)
    • HIS 5576: Cultural Resource Management (3)
    • HIS 5579: Oral History (3)
    • HIS 5580: Studies in Material Culture (3)
    • HIS 5581: Records and Society (3)
    • HIS 5583: American Environmental History (3)
    • HIS 5584: America's National Parks (3)
    • HIS 5591: Archives, History, and Collective Memory (3)
    • HIS 5595: Digital History (3)
    • HIS 5610: Management of Museums (3)
    • HIS 5640: Interpretation in Museums (3)
    • HIS 5650: Museum Education (3)
    • HIS 5660: Topics in Public and Applied History (3)
    • HIS 5998: Thesis Research (3)
    • HIS 5999: Thesis (3)

OR
Museum Studies Concentration (Code: 255E)

  • HIS 5580: Studies in Material Culture (3)
  • HIS 5610: Management in Museums (3)
  • HIS 5640: Interpretation in Museums (3)
  • HIS 5650: Museum Education (3)
  • 6 s.h. of graduate electives from the following Public History Courses, or students may select up other graduate courses upon approval of the coordinator of the Public History Concentration and the Director of Graduate Studies in History.
    • HIS 5400: Grant Writing (3)
    • HIS 5576: Cultural Resource Management (3)
    • HIS 5577: Historical Documentation (3)
    • HIS 5578: Architectural History (3)
    • HIS 5579: Oral History (3)
    • HIS 5581: Records and Society (3)
    • HIS 5583: American Environmental History (3)
    • HIS 5584: America's National Parks (3)
    • HIS 5586: Introduction to Historic Preservation (3)
    • HIS 5587: Philosophy of Historic Preservation (3)
    • HIS 5591: Archives, History, and Collective Memory (3)
    • HIS 5595: Digital History (3)
    • HIS 5660: Topics in Public and Applied History (3)
    • HIS 5998: Thesis Research (3)
    • HIS 5999: Thesis (3)

OR
Public History Concentration (Code: 255D)

  • 18 s.h. of graduate courses from the following Public History courses; OR students may select up to 6 s.h. of other graduate courses upon approval by the coordinator of the Public History program and the Director of Graduate Studies in History.
    • HIS 5400: Grant Writing (3)
    • HIS 5576: Cultural Resource Management (3)
    • HIS 5577: Historical Documentation (3)
    • HIS 5578: Architectural History (3)
    • HIS 5579: Oral History (3)
    • HIS 5580: Studies in Material Culture (3)
    • HIS 5581: Records and Society (3)
    • HIS 5583: American Environmental History (3)
    • HIS 5584: America's National Parks (3)
    • HIS 5586: Introduction to Historic Preservation (3)
    • HIS 5587: Philosophy of Historic Preservation (3)
    • HIS 5591: Archives, History, and Collective Memory (3)
    • HIS 5595: Digital History (3)
    • HIS 5610: Management of Museums (3)
    • HIS 5640: Interpretation in Museums (3)
    • HIS 5650: Museum Education (3)
    • HIS 5660: Topics in Public and Applied History (3)
    • HIS 5998: Thesis Research (3)
    • HIS 5999: Thesis (3)
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Other Requirements for the MA in History (ALL CONCENTRATIONS):

  • Thesis: Optional
  • Proficiency: General History students must demonstrate a reading knowledge of a foreign language**, or competence in statistics and computer science as a research tool, subject to departmental approval. There is no proficiency requirement for Historic Preservation or Public History students.
  • Candidacy: Required for thesis students only; awarded upon approval of thesis committee and prospectus
  • Comprehensive: A written comprehensive examination is required by the end of the third semester of course work for thesis students, and by the end of the fourth semester of coursework for non-thesis students.
  • Product of Learning: Not required

*Public History students are prohibited from double concentrating.

**For foreign language proficiency, students must either take the necessary courses for credit and earn a C or above in each course, or pass the exam administered by the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

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