This master’s program is designed for students who already have completed a non-terminal baccalaureate degree with a major in History or a related field. Students may pursue this master’s degree as a terminal degree or may leave open the option of continuing to a doctorate.
In this program, students will typically develop an in-depth knowledge of three fields of historical scholarship in their areas of interest, including chronology, bibliography, major themes and interpretations. Students may find that they develop these interests in the process of their interaction with the department faculty.
In the process of developing this advanced knowledge, students will also be expected to master the skills of historical scholarship. They will learn:How to recognize, demonstrate, and apply appropriate knowledge of the world’s civilizations and peoples as well as their political, economic, social, and cultural histories.
- How to recognize, demonstrate, and apply appropriate knowledge of the world’s civilizations and peoples as well as their political, economic, social, and cultural histories.
- How to identify and employ primary and/or secondary sources to research a topic exhaustively.
- How to relate the events in his/her particular story to the general history of the topic; and the student relates his/her interpretation to the interpretations of other historians, or to theorists or scholars in other disciplines.
- How to use primary and secondary sources to construct an original historical interpretation, demonstrating competency in identifying a problem, posing a hypothesis, proposing a methodology, and engaging the data.
- How to critically appraise alternative readings of the past, create a coherent historical interpretation, and take a critical position in these debates.
- How to compose and present clear, well-organizes, properly documented grammatical prose.