History, M.A.

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For further information: HistoryGrad@southernct.edu

Application Deadline

Students must apply for the history program by April 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester.

Admission Procedures

All applicants must complete the Office of Graduate Admissions application. In addition, they must submit two letters of recommendation and a 500-word statement of purpose. 

Candidates must complete the Office of Graduate Admissions application and send the additional material by April 1 for the fall semester and by October 1 for the spring semester. Prospective students may, however, register as part-time non-matriculated students in graduate courses. Non-matriculated students may earn no more than nine credits toward a degree program.

A minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 with at least 18 credits of history is required for admission.

When the Office of Graduate Admissions notifies applicants that their file is complete, they must contact the History Graduate Coordinator to write a planned program of study. No applicant with a complete file is matriculated without a planned program of study approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies or Director of Graduate Admissions and an acceptance letter from the Office of Graduate Admissions..

Interested applicants who do not meet school or departmental requirements should consult the History Graduate Coordinator before taking courses as a non-matriculated student.

Master of Arts Degree — 24-30 Credits (30 Credits Thesis Capstone) (24 Credit Comprehensive Examination) (27 Credit Special Project)

The Master of Arts degree is designed to afford certified teachers the opportunity to strengthen content knowledge of history and to provide highly motivated students greater foundational knowledge in history necessary to pursue doctoral studies.

Applicants must meet the general requirements of the Office of Graduate Admissions and have completed a minimum of 18 undergraduate credits in history with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in those courses. All admission material must be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions or the Application Processing Center.

The program of study consists of 24 credits of coursework in a chosen major and minor field of history and a 6 credit thesis. Students who already hold state certification may elect to complete a different capstone experience: either the comprehensive exams, requiring 30 credits of coursework or the special project, which requires 27 credits of coursework and a 3 credit capstone experience course. Those students that choose the exams will complete two additional graduate courses for a total of 30 credits of coursework in their chosen major and minor fields of history and comprehensive exams in two elected fields (American, European, or non-Western history). Those students that choose the project will complete one additional course and an capstone  course of 3 credits to accomplish the special project for a total of 30 credits of coursework. With the approval of the History Graduate Coordinator, students may elect up to 6 credits of their course work in other social science or humanities fields. Reading ability in one modern foreign language is encouraged.

Program Sequence

As sequencing changes, it is highly recommended that students meet with their program advisor to finalize a list of requirements for graduation.  

One U.S. History Graduate Course

HIS 513 – The Transformation of American Society 1877-1917 – 3 credits
HIS 515 – American Overland Trail – 3 credits
HIS 518 – A Women's Place is in the Curriculum: A Multicultural Approach – 3 credits
HIS 520 – Sex, Race, and the American Law – 3 credits
HIS 530 – American Radical Tradition – 3 credits
HIS 534 – History of Women in the Profession – 3 credits
HIS 536 – Progressive and Modern Women in the U.S.A. – 3 credits
HIS 551 – The Colonial Period in U.S. History – 3 credits
HIS 555 – The Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1877 – 3 credits
HIS 557 – The American Revolution and the Civil War: Comparative Perspectives – 3 credits
HIS 559 – The New Deal – 3 credits
HIS 562 – Seminar in the History of American Diplomacy – 3 credits
HIS 563 – History of Urban America – 3 credits
HIS 566 – History of American Radicalism – 3 credits
HIS 567 – Gender and Ethnicity in American History – 3 credits
HIS 569 – American Indian History – 3 credits
HIS 590 – Seminar in American Intellectual History – 3 credits

One European History Graduate Course

HIS 506 – English Nationalism – 3 credits
HIS 516 – Stalinism –3 credits
HIS 517 – Russian Revolution – 3 credits
HIS 521 – Mediterranean City: Salonika – 3 credits
HIS 523 – Religion and Soc. Byzantine Empire – 3 credits
HIS 539 – German Foreign Policy: 1933-45 – 3 credits
HIS 541 – European Culture & Great War – 3 credits
HIS 564 – Seminar in Early Modern Europe – 3 credits
HIS 568 – Seminar in Late Modern Europe – 3 credits
HIS 570 – Seminar in Modern Europe – 3 credits
HIS 573 – History of the Medieval Europe Church – 3 credits
HIS 575 – Nazi Germany and the Holocaust – 3 credits
HIS 576 – Stalin in Power – 3 credits
HIS 581 – The World War I Era – 3 credits
HIS 586 – Seminar in the Origins of Rome to 44 BCE – 3 credits
HIS 589 – Tudor-Stuart England – 3 credits
HIS 591 – Seminar in European Intellectual History – 3 credits

One Non-Western Graduate Course

HIS 501 – Mainland Southeast Asia – 3 credits
HIS 505 – Chinese Environmental History – 3 credits
HIS 508 – Contemporary World History – 3 credits
HIS 509 – The Muslim World – 3 credits
HIS 526 – History: Franco-Vietminh War – 3 credits
HIS 528 – Puerto Rico and the Caribbean – 3 credits
HIS 529 – Southeast Asia to 1850 – 3 credits
HIS 533 – Hawaiian History and Culture – 3 credits
HIS 542 – Trade in Society in West Africa – 3 credits
HIS 548 – China Since Western Impact – 3 credits
HIS 549 – Chine Under Communism – 3 credits
HIS 571 – The Medieval Middle East – 3 credits
HIS 572 – The Modern Middle East – 3 credits
HIS 578 – Early Chinese Texts – 3 credits
HIS 580 – Teaching Middle East & Islam – 3 credits
HIS 582 – Vietnam War: New Documents – 3 credits

Electives

12 credits in any graduate level history course except 593-594

Additional Information

Up to 6 credits of undergraduate history coursework (300-499 level) may apply to requirements above with the exception of 490, 494, and 496. In addition, up to 6 credits of graduate level cognate course work may apply upon graduate coordinator's discretion.

Choose One

HIS 593 & 594 – (Thesis Seminar I and II) – 6 credits
HIS 600 – (Special Project Capstone) – 3 credits
HIS – Comprehensive Examination (no course)