Curriculum

The MA in History degree may be earned through one of two convenient plans of study, allowing you to continue your education with a flexible graduate degree program for your busy schedule:

  • A fully online master's degree program, entirely consisting of semester-based online courses
  • A hybrid classroom/online master's degree program, with a combination of traditional college courses taking place in a physical classroom and semester-based online courses 

In addition, students may choose from non-thesis and thesis degree plans; under a non-thesis degree plan, a thesis is not required for graduation.

The MA in History has been formally approved and accredited by the Texas State University System, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (the gold standard of accreditation.)

Fields of Study in History

  • 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 graduate 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

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