Sep 28, 2022  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalogue 
    
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History, M.A.


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Graduate Coordinator: Dr. W. Taylor Fain

The Department of History offers a program of study leading to the Master of Arts degree in history. Specific goals of the program are: (1) to provide advanced research and educational opportunities in the study of history; (2) to prepare historians by training them in the latest research techniques, providing them with a knowledge of the most current research on historical problems; and (3) to direct students in historical research using historical documents and archives.

Admission Requirements


Applicants are required to submit the following to the Graduate School:

  1. An application for graduate admission. 
  2. Official transcripts of all college work (undergraduate and graduate).
  3. Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination.
  4. Three recommendations by individuals in professionally relevant fields; at least two must be from academics.
  5. Research paper or suitable equivalent. Applications for non-degree status will not be accepted.
  6. Fill out history questionnaire.

The minimum requirements for admission to the graduate program in history include: satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (verbal, quantitative and analytical), a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or its equivalent in a foreign institution, and an overall academic record with a “B” average or better in the basic courses prerequisite to the area of proposed graduate study. Applications must be received by the published deadline.

Degree Requirements (30 total credit hours)


Thesis Option Main Campus - U.S., European, Global and Public History


This program is intended to serve graduate students who plan to continue their education at the doctoral level or who may pursue careers that otherwise require intensive training in research methods and historical writing. The thesis M.A. provides specialization in U.S., European, Global (Latin America, Asia, Middle East and Africa) and Public History.

  1. The program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate study, 24 of which must be in history. A maximum of six credit hours may be transferred from another accredited institution. Grades on transfer work must be equivalent to “B” or better. At least 24 credit hours of graduate study must be completed in residence.
  2. All students, whether taking the thesis option in Global, U.S, European or Public, must complete a minimum of 24 credit hours of course work and an additional six credit hours of thesis credits. At least 18 credit hours of course work must be completed in courses open only to graduate students. Cross-listed courses will have additional requirements and different grading for graduate students.
  3. U.S., European, and Global: Students must complete HST 500  and 12 credit hours in the area of concentration and nine credit hours of electives. Public History: Students must complete HST 500  , HST 570  , nine credit hours in public history, and nine credit hours of electives.
  4. U.S., European, and Global: Six credit hours of coursework must be completed in research seminars open only to graduate students: HST 522 ; HST 542 ; HST 562 ; HST 564 ; HST 573 ; HST 593 ; HST 596 . One graduate seminar must be in the area of concentration. Students are limited to six credit hours of research seminars and colloquia open to graduates and upper-level undergraduates (cross-listed courses) (HST 518 HST 525 ; HST 526 ; HST 527 ; HST 528 ; HST 529 ; HST 531 ; HST 533 ; HST 548 ; HST 552 ; HST 554 ; HST 556 ; HST 558 ; HST 577 HST 578 ; HST 580 ; HST 581 ; HST 583 ; HST 585 ; HST 586 ; six credit hours of directed independent studies (HST 591 ) and six credit hours of courses in other departments.
    Public History: Six credit hours of coursework must be completed in research seminars or colloquia open only to graduate students: HST 520 ; HST 522 ; HST 540 ; HST 542 ; HST 560 ; HST 562 ; HST 564 ; HST 593 ; HST 596 . One graduate seminar must be HST 573 . Students are limited to six credit hours of research seminars and colloquia open to graduates and upper-level undergraduates (cross-listed courses): HST 518 ; HST 525 ; HST 526 ; HST 527 ; HST 528 ; HST 529 ; HST 531 ; HST 533 ; HST 548 ; HST 552 ; HST 554 ; HST 556 ; HST 558 ; HST 577 ; HST 578 ; HST 580 ; HST 581 ; HST 583 ; HST 585 ; HST 586 ; six credit hours of directed independent studies (HST 591 ) and six credit hours of courses in other departments.
  5. Each student must successfully complete a written comprehensive examination that will be administered no earlier than during the final semester of enrollment in course work, and no later than the semester following the completion of course work.
  6. Students must complete six credit hours of thesis (HST 599 ), and defend the thesis to the satisfaction of the thesis committee, prior to graduation.
  7. Students must pass a competency examination demonstrating satisfactory reading knowledge of a foreign language.
  8. The program must be completed within five years of the date of first registration for graduate study.

Non-Thesis Option Main Campus - U.S., European and Global History


The History Department also offers a non-thesis Master of Arts in History. The non-thesis M.A. is designed for students who intend to use their degree to teach at the secondary- or community-college level. The non-thesis M.A. provides specialization in U.S., European, and Global (Latin America, Asia, Middle East and Africa) history.

The non-thesis track requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate study, 24 of which must be in history. A maximum of six credit hours may be transferred from another accredited institution, at the discretion of the History Graduate Committee. Transfer credits will be awarded only for grades of “B” or better. At least 24 credit hours of graduate study must be completed in residence.

  1. Students must complete HST 500 , 12 credit hours in their area of concentration, and nine credit hours in fields outside of their specialization. Rather than complete 6 credit hours of thesis research (HST 599 ), students must complete 6 additional credit hours of graduate level courses offered by the History Department. 
  2. Six credit hours of coursework must be completed in research seminars open only to graduate students: HST 522 ; HST 542 ; HST 562 ; HST 564 ; HST 573 ; HST 593 ; HST 596 . One graduate seminar must be in the area of concentration. Students are limited to six credit hours of research seminars and colloquia open to graduates and upper-level undergraduates (cross-listed courses) (HST 518 HST 525 ; HST 526 ; HST 527 ; HST 528 ; HST 529 ; HST 531 ; HST 533 ; HST 540 ; HST 548 ; HST 552 ; HST 554 ; HST 556 ; HST 558 HST 577 ; HST 580 ; HST 581 ; HST 583 ; HST 585 ; HST 586 ); six credit hours of directed independent studies (HST 591 ) and six credit hours of courses in other departments.
  3. Students must pass comprehensive examinations in their field, to be administered no earlier than the final semester of enrollment in course work.
  4. The program must be completed within five years of the date of first registration for graduate study.

Public History Professional Track


The Public History Professional Track is a 30-credit-hour course of study meant to prepare historians for work in museums, historic sites, historic preservation agencies, business settings, and other organizations utilizing historical collections, research and education.

  1. Students must take: HST 500 . They will complete twelve credit hours of public history courses, which will include HST 570 ; HST 573 ; and six credits of HST 579 . Students will also take twelve credit hours of history electives. Finally, students will complete a three-credit Capstone Project (HST 594 ), which is a semester-long student directed project completed in collaboration with a community partner.
  2. Students are limited to six credit hours of research seminars and colloquia open to graduates and upper-level undergraduates (cross-listed courses): HST 525 ; HST 526 ; HST 527 ; HST 528 ; HST 529 ; HST 531 ; HST 533 ; HST 548 ; HST 552 ; HST 554 ; HST 556 ; HST 558 ; HST 577 ; HST 578 ; HST 580 ; HST 581 ; HST 583 ; HST 585 ; HST 586 ; HST 587 ; HST 595 ; HST 597 ; and six credit hours of directed independent studies (HST 591 ).
  3. Students must pass comprehensive examinations in their field, and one subsection of either U.S., European, or Global history, to be administered at the end of the semester prior to the capstone project.

On-line Non-Thesis Option for Educators


The Department of History at UNCW offers a unique on-line M.A. for educators. The specific goals of the program are: (1) to provide advanced opportunities for the study of history; (2) to prepare historical educators by providing them with knowledge of the most current research practices and questions in relation to historical problems; (3) to develop the professional practices of history educators to reflect deep understandings of content.

  1. The program requires 30 credit hours of graduate study. 24 of those credit hours will consist of on-line reading and discussion courses, taught during the fall and spring semesters. Students will take two eight-week courses per semester. The courses will cover United States, European, Global and systems-based histories (HST 520 ; HST 540 ; HST 560 ; HST 590 ).
  2. Six credit hours will result from two on-campus institutes held during two consecutive summers (HST 595 ). The first Summer Institute (held during UNCW Summer Session II) will focus on a local topic and will provide students with information and teaching materials for integrating local history into their classrooms. Students will create a three-session lesson plan oriented around a local site visit, and present one of those lessons to faculty and peers. Students will also produce an essay on the integration of local or regional history into the classroom experience. During the second Summer Institute, students will complete a final written and a final oral project that require them to reflect critically upon their two years of course work and contemplate how to apply their new knowledge effectively to convey the past to their respective audiences.
  3. Reading and discussion courses will cover U.S., European, Global and “systems-based” histories (such as Atlantic World, economic history, and modern imperialism and colonialism). Emphasis will be placed on content, historiographical context and current research questions in these fields.

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