Master of Arts in History

The College of Arts and Science and the Department of History offer the Master of Arts in History degree.

M.A. in History Program Information

The Department of History offers a graduate program that leads to the Master of Arts (M.A.) degree with a major in History. The graduate program is designed to provide students with advanced instruction and training, and courses are available in the history of the United States, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. The program also equips students with the knowledge, skills, and values required for professional careers in history and gives qualified students the foundation for doctoral study in history.

History's scope is extremely broad, and the student of people and their institutions form a particular focus of the discipline. The use of language and the ability to communicate skillfully are major concerns of history. Thus, advanced study in history prepares students for many different occupations and professions in which such qualities are essential. Traditionally, teaching has been a career possibility, but, as well, qualified recipients of the Master of Arts with a major in history are prepared to enter doctoral programs, to seek employment in business or government, in museums and libraries, in publishing, journalism, and advertising, or to enter the military, politics, or theology. An advanced degree in history continues to be excellent preparation for business school or law school. Students who are interested in the Master of Arts or who have questions about the vocational possibilities of their major should consult with members of the History Department faculty in Ashley Hall.

Department of History