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2011-2012 Catalog 
2011-2012 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History, Archives and Records Management, Thesis, MA

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College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Graduate Faculty

Costanzo, Susan E., PhD, Russian/Soviet, Europe.
Danysk, Cecilia A., PhD, Canada.
Diehl, Peter D., PhD, Medieval, Ecclesiastical, Social.
Eurich, S. Amanda, PhD, early modern Europe, France and European social history.
Friday, Christopher C., PhD, Pacific Northwest, U.S. West, immigration and labor, race and ethnicity.
Garfinkle, Steven J., PhD, ancient Near East and Mediterranean, historical theory and methods.
Helfgott, Leonard M., PhD, modern Middle East and modern Europe.
Hochstetler, Laurie, PhD, U.S. colonial.
Jimerson, Randall C., PhD, archives and records management, 19th-century U.S.
Leonard, Kevin A., PhD, U.S. West.
Lopez, A. Ricardo, PhD, Latin America
Mariz, George, PhD, European intellectual history, Great Britain.
Neem, Johann N., PhD, Early U.S. Republic.
Stewart, Mart A., PhD, 19th-century U.S., Civil War and Reconstruction, Environmental.
Thompson, Roger R., PhD, China.
Wright, Diana E., PhD, Japan.


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.

Program Advisor: Dr. Randall Jimerson, Bond Hall 324, 360-650-3139, Rand.Jimerson@wwu.edu


The Department of History offers a graduate program leading to the degree of Master of Arts in history with a certificate in archives and records management. The Graduate Program in Archives and Records Management (ARM) prepares students for professional careers in both archives and records management. The curriculum emphasizes the interdependence of these two disciplines, both of which are essential to the challenges of documenting and preserving essential evidence of modern organizations and individuals.

The program prepares students to: 1) enter a professional career as an archivist or records manager; 2) apply analytical skills to problem-solving and to evaluation of a broad range of record keeping needs within organizations; 3) enter doctoral programs or pursue other advanced academic training; and 4) assume positions as researchers, writers, teachers, or curators in a variety of public and private settings.

Grounded in the study of history, the program recognizes the value of historical knowledge and understanding as a basis for identifying and preserving records of enduring value to society. The curriculum integrates automation and electronic records with traditional methods for textual, audio, and visual records. Students examine basic principles of archives and records management, learn methods of selecting, organizing, and using recorded information, and gain practical work experience in applying these techniques through an extended internship. A required master’s thesis provides opportunity for original research and writing. The purpose of this program is to prepare students for a career and to enable them to learn to think and function as professional archivists and/or records managers.


A baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, or an equivalent degree from a foreign university, or the permission of the department. Applicants with less than 25 credits in history or historical studies will be required to demonstrate knowledge of history and an ability to conduct historical research. For further information on admission requirements and procedures, contact the program director. Applicants with an advanced degree from an accredited institution are recommended, but not required, to submit GRE scores.

Program Requirements (72 credits)

The ARM requires 72 credits and foreign language competence. Two years minimum are required to complete the program although some students may take longer.

Additional Information

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. ARM master’s students may demonstrate computer programming competence, in lieu of a foreign language, by completing a three course sequence (CSCI 112, CSCI 202, MIS 314) with final course grade of B or better, or as approved by the history faculty. 


Students complete a 500-hour internship (HIST 535/536) at a cooperating archives or records management agency. This provides supervised practical experience in professional work. Internships have been available in recent years in governmental, academic, business, and historical organizations in the Pacific Northwest and throughout the U.S. and Canada. Selection of internships is based on individual needs and interests, in consultation with the program advisor.


Electives, including courses in history, archives, records management, or another discipline related to the student’s goals and interests, should be chosen in consultation with the program advisor.

Research Thesis

A research thesis (HIST 690) is required. Topics may relate to any aspect of archives, records management, or to any field of history.

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