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College of Arts and Sciences

Department of History

305 Bowman Hall
Tel: 330-672-2882
Fax: 330-672-2943


The Master of Arts in History consists of three concentrations: History, Public History and History for Teachers.

The Master of Arts in History offers students the opportunity for advanced study in a variety of areas. Coursework emphasizes interpretation, methodology and original research. Students who anticipate continuing their graduate study beyond the M.A. should pursue one of the thesis tracks; non-thesis options are available for those who do not expect to go on to doctoral work.

Public History prepares students for work in museums, historical societies, business and wherever the expertise of a professional historian is needed. The interdisciplinary program includes at least one internship.

History for Teachers is for teachers interested in advanced study of history. Coursework is focused on current scholarship and approaches to history, and while it is not a degree in history pedagogy, it is designed to encourage the application of current historical scholarship to the work responsibilities of the practicing teacher. The program provides school professionals with a structured but flexible approach to analyzing and teaching history while permitting interdisciplinary work in related fields or areas particularly relevant to students' professional objectives.

The Ph.D. in History prepares students to become professional scholars, college and university teachers and independent researchers in private or public research institutions.

Admission Requirements

Official transcript(s); GRE; statement of purpose describing professional objectives and proposed field of study; significant piece of written work; and three letters of recommendation (preferably academic). The Ph.D. also requires an M.A. in History (or related discipline).

Graduation Requirements

M.A.: Minimum 33 total credit hours; all students must successfully complete History 61001 and 61002. Students selecting a thesis option must demonstrate a reading knowledge of one or more foreign languages if their advisers determine that it is necessary for research.

Ph.D.: Minimum 60 total credit hours.


Ph.D.: After completing all of the requirements, the student takes written and oral examinations in the three elected fields of history.