From the Director of Graduate Studies


The Department of History’s graduate program is built upon a solid foundation: the Department’s outstanding research faculty and exceptional graduate students. Twenty-seven History professors are currently part of the University’s Graduate Faculty. These scholars cover all major areas of American history as well as many important nations and time periods concerning the history of Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Several History professors also possess extensive professional training in nautical archaeology as well as history. Members of the Department maintain an active research agenda, publishing articles in the major historical journals as well as books with leading university and commercial presses.

Graduate programs in history are flexible, because the Department attracts students with diverse interests. Some enter the graduate program intending eventually to pursue the Ph.D. degree in history at another university. Others seek preparation for careers in nautical archaeology. Still others pursue the M.A. with a desire to teach at community colleges, or secure employment with a museum or in the private and/or public sectors. Finally, teachers in the public school system enroll to upgrade their professional certification.

The History Department offers two separate master’s degree programs: the M.A. in the History with concentrations in American, European, Military, Atlantic World, or Public history; and the M.A. in Maritime Studies, which is an interdisciplinary program emphasizing history and nautical archaeology. Currently, ECU is the only university in North Carolina (and one of the few in the nation) to offer an interdisciplinary master’s degree in maritime history and nautical archaeology.

This page presents a great deal of important information about the History graduate program. We hope you find it useful. It cannot answer every possible question you may have, however. If you need additional information about ECU, the History graduate program, or history as a field of study, please contact the History Department.

Please use the faculty and staff link to learn about the members of the Department. These pages contain information about the faculty’s teaching, research, and service areas. For questions concerning the MA Program, send your queries to Mrs. Jessica Kestler at; for Maritime Studies information, email Ms. Karen Underwood at We would like to hear from those interested in our programs and promise to respond quickly to any messages you might send.

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