Master of Arts in History

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The Master of Arts program in History at Sam Houston State University serves students interested in secondary teaching, professional programs, the military, civil service, public history, two-year college faculty positions, as well as those aspiring to a Ph.D. At present, more than 105 graduate students are pursuing the degree, which may be taken entirely online or through a combination of online courses and traditional classroom seminars in Huntsville or The Woodlands. The Department of History has 22 full-time faculty members with strong records in teaching and publishing in a wide variety of fields.


Available Fields of Study

Early America

19th Century U.S.

Modern U.S.

American South

U.S. Social/Cultural

Women's History

Latin America

Hispanic World

Pre-Modern Europe

Modern Europe

Military History

World History


Degree Plans

Plan 1 – MA in History (Thesis)

The thesis is a substantial piece of written work based on primary and secondary research. Openings for the Plan I option are limited, and approval of the department chair is required.

Item
Requirement
Options
Hours
Required
1
Restricted Electives
Choose eight from any graduate courses in History:
HIS <HIST>
24
2 Thesis Choose all from:
HIS 698 <HIST 6398>
HIS 699 <HIST 6399>
6
TOTAL
30


Plan 2 – MA in History
(Non-thesis)

For those students who prefer not to write a thesis. Each student completes 36 semester hours of coursework in History and writes an article-length paper in a capstone research seminar.

 

Item
Requirement
Options
Hours
Required
1
Specified Courses
Choose all from:
HIS 694 <HIST 6394>
3
2
Restricted Electives
Choose eleven from any gradate courses in history:
HIS <HIST>
33
TOTAL
36

 

Plan 2 – MA in History with Minor

For those students who prefer not to write a thesis. Each student completes 36 semester hours of coursework in History and writes an article-length paper in a capstone research seminar.

 

Item
Requirement
Options
Hours
Required
1
Restricted Electives
Choose five courses from a primary history field:

15
2
Restricted Electives
Choose three from a secondary history field: Early U.S. History, Later U.S. History, Modern HIstory, Modern European History, World History, and Military History:

9
3 Minor Choose four from any graduate courses in a field approved by a Graduate Advisor
12
TOTAL
36


Additional Information

If you have additional questions, please see the links for prospective or current students. Alternatively, you may contact the History Department's Graduate Director.

Dr. Jeffrey L. Littlejohn
Department of History
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, Texas 77341-2239

Phone: 936-294-3853
Email: gradhistory@shsu.edu

 


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