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The purposes of the Department of History and Political Science are to:
The purposes of the Master of Arts (M.A.) in History program are to:
To be accepted for admission into the M.A. in History program, a student must:
Applicants for admission and for graduate assistantships should submit completed application forms, transcripts, and GRE scores by April 1. Applicants received after that date will be accepted, but priority in awarding assistantships and in scheduling graduate classes will be given to those who meet the April 1 deadline.
To remain in good standing in the M.A. in History program, all students must:
To register for courses in the M.A. in History curriculum, students must:
To receive the Master of Arts (M.A.) in History degree, students in the Thesis Option must:
Required for All M.A. Candidates
|HIST 600: Historical Research||3 hours|
American History (9-18 hours)
|HIST 605: America to 1800||3 hours|
|HIST 606: America 1800-1900||3 hours|
|HIST 607: America since 1900||3 hours|
|HIST 610: Southern History||3 hours|
|HIST 611: Louisiana History||3 hours|
|HIST 612: American Military History||3 hours|
European History (9-21 hours)
|HIST 630: Western Thought||3 hours|
|HIST 641: Britain to 1485||3 hours|
|HIST 642: Britain since 1485||3 hours|
|HIST 643: Europe to 500||3 hours|
|HIST 644: Europe 500-1500||3 hours|
|HIST 645: Europe 1500-1815||3 hours|
|HIST 646: Europe since 1815||3 hours|
Elective (0-15 hours)
|HIST 602: Readings||3 hours|
|HIST 621: Independent Study||3 hours|
|HIST 698: Special Topics||3 hours|
|POLI 600: Seminar: Special Topics in American Politics||3 hours|
|POLI 610: Seminar: Special Topics in International Politics||3 hours|
Required for Thesis Option
|HIST 770: Thesis||6 hours|
Required for Public HIstory Option1
|HIST 637: Pubic History Internship||6 hours|
Required for Secondary Teaching Option2
|EPSY 603: Classroom Management and Motivation||3 hours|
|MAT 660: Specialty Area Learning Methods I: Secondary Education||3 hours|
|MAT 661: Specialty Area Learning Methods II: Secondary Education||3 hours|
1Students in the Public History Option may also elect to do a Master’s Thesis in addition to the required Internship.
2Students in Secondary Teaching Option may elect to simultaneously pursue Alternate Certification in Social Studies Education, counting Educational Psychology 603 (3 hours), MAT 660 (3 hours), and MAT 661 (3 hours) toward the 36 hours required for the M.A. in History. Candidates must be admitted separately to both the Alternate Certification and the M.A. in History program. Alternate Certification also requires 12-21 additional undergraduate hours: EDUC 212 (3 hours), EDUC 307 or 407 (3 hours), EDUC 472 (3 hours) EPSY 301 or 311 (3 hours), and EDUC 429 (6 hours) or EDUC 486 (9 hours) or a State Department of Education Waiver (0 hours). Students employed as Social Studies teachers may apply to have 6 hours (2 semesters) of Education 429: Practicum for Alternate Certification Program substitute for 9 hours (1 semester) of Education 486: Student Teaching in Secondary Schools. Students with 3 years of teaching experience in Social Studies may apply to the State Department of Education for a student teaching waiver. Candidates for Alternate Certification must pass the Praxis I and II and attain a 2.5 cumulative undergraduate GPA before being admitted into the program. If a student scores at least 22 on the ACT or a 1030 on the SAT or has a Master's degree in any discipline, the Praxis I is not required for admission into the Alternate Certification program. Note that the Practitioner's Licensee allowing students to teach while pursuing Alternate Certification is limited to 3 years. There is not limit for students who are not teaching while pursuing Alternate Certification; however, the M.A. in History must be completed within 6 years, and it is possible to complete both Alternate Certification and the M.A. in History in 3 years.
During or after their last semester of course work, students must satisfactorily complete a Comprehensive Examination on three historical fields determined in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator and each consisting of questions from two faculty members with whom the student has completed course work. Possible fields include Europe to 1500 (since Britain), Europe since 1500 (including Britain), America to 1877, America since 1877, and Political Science. A student who passes all three fields will have completed the process. A student who fails one field will take an oral exam on that field within ten working days of the written examination. A student who fails the oral exam must retake and pass the exam on that field within one year of the original exam or be dismissed from the program.
Students in the Thesis Option must defend their theses and receive approval from the Thesis Committee, Graduate Coordinator, Department Head, and the Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Theses must conform to the style prescribed by the Graduate Council. Students must submit at least 2 copies of the final approved version to the Graduate Coordinator for binding by the Sims Memorial Library.
All faculty in the Department of History and Political Science who are members of the University Graduate Faculty are members of the department’s graduate faculty and are eligible to teach graduate courses, supervise Master’s Theses, serve on Thesis Committees, and participate in Comprehensive Examinations. The University Graduate Council must renew member status for graduate faculty every six years. Temporary graduate faculty status must be renewed annually; adjunct faculty must be renewed each semester.
The Graduate Coordinator serves as academic advisor for all graduate students, supervises their progress toward the M.A. degree, approves all graduate degree plans, authorizes all students for registration in courses in the M.A. curriculum. The Graduate Coordinator supervises the work of all departmental graduate assistants, appoints the Major Professor, and Thesis Committee for students in the Thesis Option, and approved Internship sponsors for students in the Pubic History Option.
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