Master of Arts in History with an Emphasis in Public History

Website: https://twu.edu/history-political-science/graduate-programs/master-of-arts-in-history/public-history-masters-degree-track/

 

The Department of History and Political Science's mission to provide global citizens with a multicultural view of the past is embedded in graduate course offerings that emphasize the historical experiences of women, men, and children of varied races, ethnicities, and socio-economic backgrounds. In addition, the department's graduate program in History challenges students to further develop critical and analytical thinking skills through close interaction with primary source materials and historiographic interpretation. The department's emphasis in Public History equips students, through coursework and interactive internships, with the skills, methods, and tools necessary to present the past to popular audiences in a variety of traditional and emerging settings.

 
 

Marketable Skills

Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."

  1. Communicate effectively and persuasively in both speech and writing. The M.A. in History develops this skill by requiring students to engage in clear, persuasive, grammatically, and stylistically correct writing projects and classroom presentations.
  2. Evaluate new or contradictory points of view. The M.A. in History develops this skill by requiring students to take a class in Historiography/research and methods which demands that students critically analyze and interpret different historical narratives of events.
  3. Work independently on projects. The M.A. in History develops this skill by requiring all students to complete an independent, original piece of scholarship in the form of a Master's thesis or professional paper.
  4. Examine, assess, and implement public history best practices and methods both in the classroom and through experiential learning in a public history internship setting.
 

Admissions

All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admission to the TWU Graduate School section of the catalog.

This academic program may have additional admission criteria that must also be completed as outlined on the program's website.

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

36 semester credit hours (SCH) minimum with at least 21 SCH of course work in the major.

Students will take at least 9 SCH in U.S. history and 3 SCH in non-U.S. history. Students are encouraged to distribute the 9 U.S. history SCH 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 36 semester credit hours, including 6 SCH for the thesis.

U.S. History9
Choose three of the following
Studies in 19th Century U.S
Women in Early America
Religion in an Atlantic World, 1450-1776
Early National Period
Jefferson to Jackson
Progressives
The Gilded Age
American Experience in World War II
Between the Wars
U.S. Since 1945
Non-U.S. History3
Choose one of the following
Renaissance and Reformations
History of France
Seminar in European History
Electives6
6 SCH in electives can be chosen from any of the classes listed above plus
Oral History Methodology
Special Topics (Can be used for any category depending on the subject)
Independent Study
Independent Study
Required Courses
HIST 5033Research Methods in History3
HIST 5813Methods in Public History3
HIST 5936Internship6
HIST 5983Thesis3
HIST 5993Thesis3
Total SCHs36

Professional Paper Option

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

U.S. History9
Choose three of the following
Studies in 19th Century U.S
Women in Early America
Religion in an Atlantic World, 1450-1776
Early National Period
Jefferson to Jackson
Progressives
The Gilded Age
American Experience in World War II
Between the Wars
U.S. Since 1945
Non-U.S. history3
Choose one of the following
Renaissance and Reformations
History of France
Seminar in European History
Electives9
9 SCH in electives can be chosen from any of the classes list above plus
Oral History Methodology
Special Topics (Can be used for any category depending on the subject.)
Independent Study
Independent Study
Required Courses
HIST 5033Research Methods in History3
HIST 5813Methods in Public History3
HIST 5936Internship6
HIST 5973Professional Paper3
Total SCHs36

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.