History
College of Arts and Humanities

Program of Study: Combined MA and Certificate

History Masters of Arts

Degree Requirements:  33 Credit

Hours Application Deadlines

February 1, for Fall enrollment applications. Although later applications will be considered, applicants meeting this deadline will be given priority consideration for available graduate assistantships.

Admission Requirements

Regular

Applicants seeking admission to the graduate program in history must have:

  1. Completed requirements for the Bachelor’s degree in a college accredited by the proper regional accrediting associations.
  2. A 3.0 (4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average or higher on all undergraduate work, with a 3.0 cumulative GPA in history and no grade in history lower than a “C.”
  3. Minimum Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores of 550 Verbal plus 500 Quantitative or 4.0 Analytical Writing for applicants who took the GRE prior to August 2011; or minimum scores of 156 Verbal plus 144 Quantitative or 4.0 Analytical Writing for applicants who took the exam after July 31, 2011. Lower test scores may be considered but the applicant will need strong evidence of the ability to perform satisfactorily in graduate level work.
  1. An undergraduate major or the equivalent in history. Students with majors in other fields of study are given equal consideration for admission providing they have at least 15 credits (or quarter-system equivalent) of history (at least 12 credits at the upper division level) and a total of 30 credits in the social sciences and humanities.
  2. Two letters of recommendation by individuals who are familiar with the applicant’s potential for successful graduate study.
  3. A statement of purpose (approximately 250 words) outlining the applicant’s interest in graduate study in history.

Provisional

Non-traditional students and applicants not meeting the above requirements may be considered for Provisional (Probationary) admission as determined on a case-by-case basis.

Program of Study

The department offers thesis and non-thesis options and a concentration in public history.

The degree candidate for a Master of Arts in History will take  27 credits of course work (out of a total of 33), which includes the following:

 

Thesis Option
Credit Hours
Required Courses 21
HIST 7630 Historian’s Craft 3
 (3)        7000 level HIST Graduate Reading Seminars* 9
HIST 7638 Research Prospectus 3
(2)        HIST 7999 Thesis 6
Electives 12
4 history elective courses 12 (at the 5000 level or above)
Total
33

*One seminar must be outside the candidate’s field of concentration. A seminar in Public History meets this requirement.

Non-Thesis Option Credit Hours
Required Courses 21
HIST 7630 Historian’s Craft 3
(4)      7000 level HIST Graduate Reading Seminars* 12
HIST 7638 Research Prospectus 3
HIST 7990 Non-Thesis Project in History** 3
Electives 12
4 history elective courses 12 (at the 5000 level or above)
Total 33

*At least one seminar must be outside the candidate’s field of concentration. A seminar in Public History  meets this requirement.

** As part of this course the candidate will produce an article-length paper (approximately 10,000 words) that is defended orally before a committee.

Students pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Public History simultaneously with the Non-Thesis Option substitute HIST 7900 Non-Thesis Project in Public History.

Concentration in Public History Credit Hours
Required Courses 21
HIST 7630 Historian’s Craft 3
HIST 7651 Graduate Seminar in Public History 3
HIST 7638 Research Prospectus* 3
HIST 7781 Professional Internship in Public History** 3
HIST 7900 Non-Thesis Project in Public History*** 3
(2)     7000 level Graduate Reading Seminars**** 6
Electives 12
4 public history elective courses (at the 5000 level or above) 12
Total 33

*Students who enter the MA program with a concentration in Public History after having completed the Graduate Certificate in Public History will substitute an additional Reading Seminar for Research Prospectus.

**Internships are 150 hours.

***This course concludes with a 6,000 – 10,000 word technical report on the final project that is defended orally before a committee. With the permission of the Director of Graduate Studies this course may be completed simultaneously with the Professional Internship in History.

****One seminar must be outside the candidate’s field of concentration.

Other Program Requirements

  • The student must also pass a reading-knowledge examination in an appropriate foreign language. (Prior completion of coursework in a foreign language through the fourth semester at the intermediate level with a grade of C or better shall exempt students from the foreign language exam.)
  • The student must also pass an oral defense of either the thesis, the non-thesis project, or the non-thesis project in public history.
  • Two elective course may be taken outside the Department of History.

General Requirements

  • The College of Graduate Studies limits independent study to 6 credits.

Advisement

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Department of History Director of Graduate Studies Georgia Southern University P.O. Box 8054

Statesboro, GA 30460 phone (912) 478-4478 fax (912) 478-0377

website: http://class.georgiasouthern.edu/history/

Last updated: 12/6/2017

Last updated: 2/20/2018

DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY • Hawes Hall # 110, 11935 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31419-1997 •
Interdisciplinary Academic Building, #3007, P.O. Box 8054, Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-4478