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 110 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

Texas History

Pre-Modern Europe

Modern Europe

Military History

World History


Degree Plans

The History Department offers three degree plans: 1) thesis, 2) non-thesis, and 3) minor option. Each of these plans has its own specific requirements (provided below). In addition, all students must pass both a written and an oral comprehensive exam.

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

 

Plan 3 – 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 seven from any gradate courses in history:
HIS <HIST>
21
2
Specified
Courses

Choose all from:
HIS 694 <HIST 6394>

3
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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