Master of Arts in History

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

30-39 semester credit hours minimum with at least 21 semester credit hours of course work in the major.

Students will take at least 9 semester credit hours in U.S. history and 3 semester credit hours in non-U.S. history. Students are encouraged to distribute the 9 U.S. history semester credit hours across the following fields: 17th or 18th century US history, 19th century U.S. history, and U.S. history since 1900.

Thesis Option

Minimum of 30 semester credit hours, including 6 semester credit hours for the thesis.

9 HIST graduate sch in US History9
3 HIST graduate sch in non-US History3
HIST 5033Research Methods in History3
Electives (additional graduate hours in history)9
HIST 5983Thesis3
HIST 5993Thesis3
Total SCHs30

Professional Paper Option

Minimum of 36 semester credit hours, including 3 semester credit hours for the professional paper.

9 HIST graduate sch in US History9
3 HIST graduate sch in non-U.S. history3
HIST 5033Research Methods in History3
Electives (additional graduate hours in history)18
HIST 5973Professional Paper3
Total SCHs36

Public History Option

Minimum of 36 semester credit hours. Students in this track take 3 hours of Introduction to Public History, 6 hours of internships, and write a professional paper

9 HIST graduate sch in US History9
3 HIST graduate sch in non-U.S. history3
HIST 5033Research Methods in History3
HIST 5933Internship6
or HIST 5936 Internship
Electives (additional graduate hours in history)9
Intro to Public History3
HIST 5973Professional Paper3
Total SCHs36

M.A. IN HISTORY WITH GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

Couples 21 hours of graduate study in history with 18 hours of graduate study in political science. Graduates of the certificate program write a professional paper and receive an M.A. in History but earn a certificate in political science and have enough graduate hours to teach in both history and political science in Texas community colleges. Graduates are also qualified to teach dual credit courses in both history and political science in Texas high schools.  

Minimum of 39 semester credit hours, including 3 semester credit hours for the professional paper.

9 HIST graduate sch in US History9
3 HIST graduate sch in non-U.S. history3
HIST 5033Research Methods in History3
Electives (additional graduate hours in history)3
Electives (graduate hours in political science, including a distribution requirement)18
HIST 5973Professional Paper3
Total SCHs39

Minor

Optional. All minors must be approved by the student’s graduate committee and must include at least 6 semester credit hours.

Special Requirement

No grade lower than B can be counted toward meeting the minimum number of semester credit hours required.

Final Examination

An oral defense of the thesis or professional paper is required.