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Program Description

This program provides a historical perspective, an understanding of cultural heritage, and analysis of and insight into the present conditions of societies. The program gives a broad knowledge and/or preparation for special careers. A well-planned program, including a history major or minor, can lead to a wide variety of career choices in archival/museum work, communications/publishing, government agencies and private industry, law or teaching.



College of Liberal Arts



Admission Requirements

Minimum undergraduate GPA for admission


Admissions process.

Writing sample required


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Admissions Requirements

  • The GRE is required.

  • Successful completion of a minimum of 16 credits in history beyond undergraduate general education requirements.

  • Submission of a statement of intent, not to exceed 500 words, outlining the person's historical interests, experience, and professional goals.

  • Submission of a writing sample, not to exceed 30 double-spaced pages.

History MA: (36 credits)

Specific admission requirements:

An applicant who has at least a 3.0 GPA in undergraduate courses in history and a 2.8 GPA overall may be admitted without conditions. An applicant may be considered for conditional admissions if his/her GPA in history courses was between 2.6 and 2.99, and he/she had at least a 2.6 GPA in the last two years of the undergraduate program. An applicant with serious gap(s) in his/her history background may be required to take additional undergraduate courses before admission is granted. In some cases, the applicant may be required to complete additional undergraduate work even though a major or minor may have been completed. Reading knowledge of a foreign language is not required but strongly recommended.

6 credits. course and one of the following: course, course, or course.

Electives: 21-24 credits in history course work (12 credits of the electives must be 600 level, in-class reading or seminar courses). May include: Any 500 or 600 level course in history; Cognate courses: 3-6 credits in 500-600 level courses approved by advisor.

Thesis: 6 credits of course.

History - Public History

Specific admission requirements:

A grade point average of 3.0 or higher overall and 3.25 or higher in the major.

Candidates should have completed a survey in United States history and should have taken at least nine
credits in advanced American history courses.

Applicants also should have earned nine credits or more in advanced non-United States history
courses. Additional classes in such fields as American government, geography, community
studies, and anthropology would strengthen the application, as would work experience in public

Credits: 36

HIST 610, HIST 672, HIST 673, HIST 696 (6 credits).

HIST 674 or HIST 675 or HIST 676 (3 Cr.).

HIST 664 or HIST 667 or HIST 681 (3 Cr.).

HIST 600-level (3 Cr.).

HIST 500-600 level (3-9 Cr.).

Cognate courses: (0-6 credits) in HIST 500-600 level courses with approval of Director of Public History.

HIST 699 (6 Cr.)

See program website for additional information.

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