MA History

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Program Learning Objectives

  1. Develop specialized historical competencies and an enhanced awareness of human diversity.
  2. Develop critical thinking/problem solving skills.
  3. Develop facility in oral and written communication.
  4. Develop independent thought and research methods.
  5. Engage in lifelong learning.

 There are two options for the MA degree in History, Comprehensive Exam or Thesis.

Required Courses
HIST 504Graduate Study in History4
History Seminars
Select from the following:20
Each course is repeatable up to 12 units.
Graduate Seminar in United States History
Graduate Seminar in European History
Graduate Seminar in East Asian History
Graduate Seminar in Latin American History
Graduate Seminar in African History
Graduate Seminar in Comparative History
History Electives
HIST Electives (400-500 level) 116
Culminating Experience
Select from the following:8-9
Comprehensive Exam Option (total 48 units)
Supervised Reading for Comprehensive Exams (2) (2)
HIST Electives (500 level) (4)
Thesis Option (total 49 units)
Thesis (3) (3) (3)
Total units48-49

400-level courses include extra work for graduate students.

(All courses must be taken after undergraduate degree has been awarded. Undergraduate courses or their equivalent may not be repeated.)