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  Dec 10, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Catalog

History, Non-Thesis, MA


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Department of History, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Graduate Faculty

Anderson, Charles W., PhD, Middle East.
Costanzo, Susan E., PhD, Russian/Soviet, Europe.
Diehl, Peter D., PhD, Medieval, Ecclesiastical, Social.
Eurich, S. Amanda, PhD, early modern Europe, France and European social history.
Friday, Christopher C., PhD, American Indian, Asian American, Pacific Northwest, Public History.
Garfinkle, Steven J., PhD, ancient Near East and Mediterranean, historical theory and methods.
Hardesty, Jared R., PhD, colonial America.
Jimerson, Randall C., PhD, archives and records management, 19th-century U.S.
López, A. Ricardo, PhD, Latin America
Neem, Johann N., PhD, Early U.S. Republic.
Seltz, Jennifer, PhD, late 19th-century and 20th-century U.S., U.S. West
Stewart, Mart A., PhD, 19th-century U.S., Civil War and Reconstruction, Environmental.
Thompson, Roger R., PhD, China.
Zimmerman, Sarah, PhD, Africa

Affiliates

Friesen, Kitty, paper conservator, Archives.
Kurtz, Anthony, MA History with a certificate in Archives & Records Management.
Steele, Ruth, MA History with a certificate in Archives & Records Management, MA (Hons) History, University of Edinburgh.

Goals

The program prepares students to: 1) enter doctoral programs or pursue other advanced academic training in history; 2) teach at the secondary or community-college level, and 3) assume positions as researchers, writers, teachers and curators in a variety of public and private settings

Prerequisites

Admission to graduate status and to graduate courses requires completion of an undergraduate major in history or the permission of the department. Applicants must also complete the general section of the Graduate Record Examination prior to admission to the program.

Application Information

Admit Quarter: Students are generally admitted only for the academic year, not summer.

TA Deadlines: April 1 for all program specializations.

Supporting Materials:

  • In addition to the Graduate School application requirements, all history applicants must submit a brief statement of purpose and goals, and a writing sample, such as a research paper or similar example of writing ability

Program Requirements


Non-Thesis: Basic Requirements 48 credits


  •  HIST 505 - Historical Theory and Method Credits: 4 (4)
  • ❑ Three courses in one field and three courses in another, with no more than one 400-level course in each area (maximum 10 credits at the 400 level)

  • ❑ Submission of three revised graduate seminar papers to a committee of three department faculty no later than week seven of the final term of study. Proposed revisions to be arranged with that committee no later than week seven in the term prior to the final term of study

  • ❑ Completion of Language Requirement (see below)

Additional Information


Fields of Study

Fields of study fall into four broad areas: 

  • United States, Western Hemisphere (excluding USA), Europe, Africa and Middle East, Asia 
  • Ancient, Medieval, Early Modern, or Modern Periods
  • Comparative History (consult with graduate advisor)
  • Archives and Records Management.

Students who choose the non-thesis option are required to complete at least three courses in one field and three courses in another, with no more than one 400-level course in each as determined in consultation with the graduate advisor (maximum 10 credits at the 400 level).

Electives

To complete a program in the Non-Thesis option electives may be chosen, in consultation with the graduate advisor from other seminars, readings courses, 400-level undergraduate courses (maximum of 10 credits) or HIST 500 (in rare cases, only with permission of the graduate advisor).

Language Requirement

The foreign language requirement may be met in one of two ways: by passing an exam approved or administered by the department; or by earning a B grade or higher in the last course of a second-year language program. Courses graded on a pass/no pass basis would not qualify for satisfying the language requirement. Tests and course work taken before entry into the graduate program may be counted if completed within five years of acceptance into the graduate program, or, where appropriate and with departmental permission, a demonstrated competence in mathematics, statistics, or appropriate computer programs/processes, as determined by advisor.

For further information, contact departmental office, Bond Hall 364, 360-650-3429.

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