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Graduate Catalog 2008-09


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Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences


Department of History


Gerald J. Prokopowicz, Interim Chairperson, A-315 Brewster Building
Carl E. Swanson, Director of Graduate Studies, A-319 Brewster Building

As a prerequisite to graduate study in a degree program, the Department of History requires that the applicant meet the admission requirements of the university and make a satisfactory score on the entrance examination designated for the program selected: Graduate Record Examinations aptitude section for the MA in history; and the Graduate Record Examinations aptitude section for the MA in maritime studies. Each entering student should consult with the director of graduate studies in history prior to beginning graduate work.

MA in History


American, European, Military, Atlantic World, or Public History
The master of arts in history requires a total of 30 s.h. of course work. The department offers five areas of concentration as follows: American history, European history, military history, Atlantic World history, and public history. The student is required to take a minimum of 24 s.h. in one of these areas to which the historiography course, the seminar, and the thesis will contribute 12 s.h. of credit. (The concentration in public history requires successful completion of an internship in lieu of the seminar.) The student must also take a total of 6 s.h. either in a related field of history outside of the major concentration or (at the recommendation of the advisor and director of graduate studies, and with the approval of the chairperson of the Department of History) outside the Department of History.

In addition to the 30 s.h. of course work described above, students must fulfill the department’s research skills requirement by: a) successful demonstration of reading knowledge in a foreign language (FORL 6000 satisfies this requirement); or b) successful completion of HIST 5950, 5951 (Introduction to Quantitative History/Directed Readings and Research in Quantitative History); or c) CSCI 5774 (Programming for Research) or CSCI 2600 (Introduction to Digital Computation). If HIST 5950, 5951 are used to satisfy the research skills requirement, they may not be counted toward the 30 s.h. requirement for the degree. Students who intend to pursue a PhD program are strongly advised to fulfill the foreign language requirement.

An oral comprehensive examination will be a component of the thesis defense. Candidates will be required to demonstrate their knowledge of their field of concentration as well as establish how their thesis contributes to that field of study.

Minimum degree requirement is 30 s.h. of credit as follows:
  1. Core courses: HIST 6900, 7000 - 9 s.h.
  2. Seminar or Internship - 3 s.h.
    American, European, Military, and Atlantic World History Concentrations: HIST 6910, 6920, or 6930
    Public History Concentration: Internship
  3. Area of concentration (American, European, Military, Atlantic World, or Public History) - 12 s.h.
  4. Related history outside area of concentration - 6 s.h.
  5. Research skills requirement.

MA in Maritime Studies

The master of arts in maritime studies requires a total of 36 s.h. of course work, 26 s.h. of which must be taken in history. The student may take the additional 10 s.h. in history or related fields outside the Department of History. Course work is divided into three broad areas of inquiry as follows: core courses in maritime history and nautical archaeology and the thesis, which account for 18 s.h. History electives account for 6-12 s.h., and professional phase courses account for 6-12 s.h. In addition to the 36 s.h. of course work described above, students must fulfill the department’s research skills requirement by one of the following: a) successful demonstration of reading knowledge in a foreign language (FORL 6000 satisfies this requirement); b) successful completion of HIST 5950, 5951 (Introduction to Quantitative History/Directed Readings and Research in Quantitative History); or c) CSCI 5774 (Programming for Research) or CSCI 2600 (Introduction to Digital Computation). If HIST 5950, 5951 are used to satisfy the research skills requirement, they may not be counted toward the 36 s.h. requirement for the degree. Students who intend to pursue a PhD program are strongly advised to fulfill the foreign language requirement.

An oral comprehensive examination will be a component of the thesis defense. Candidates will be required to demonstrate their knowledge of their field of concentration as well as establish how their thesis contributes to that field of study.

Minimum degree requirement is 36 s.h. of credit as follows:
  1. Core courses - 18 s.h.
    1. Maritime History (Choose three from the following.) - 9 s.h.
      HIST 5505, 5515, 5520, 5525, 6080
    2. Nautical Archaeology (Choose one from the following.) - .3 s.h.
      HIST 6805, 6820
    3. Thesis: HIST 7000 - 6 s.h.
  2. History electives* - 6-12 s.h.
  3. Professional phase electives* (Maximum of 10 s.h. in courses other than HIST may be counted toward the degree) - 6-12 s.h.
  4. Research Skills Requirement
*The director of graduate studies in history maintains a list of history electives and professional phase courses.