Master of Arts in History

Program Rationale:
The MA degree in history is offered for students who desire to do further historical study and research beyond the bachelor's degree. It serves students interested in graduate study of U.S., modern European, and comparative world history. The degree is designed to meet the varied needs and interests of students seeking an advanced degree in history. For secondary teachers, it fulfills Connecticut State Department of Education requirements and may lead to other employment opportunities. Some who earn the MA will use it as a foundation for undertaking doctoral work in history, law, government, international affairs, and other relevant fields.

Because the majority of students in the master's program are employed full-time during the day, graduate courses are offered in the evening, usually on a one-night-a-week basis. This schedule allows students time to complete regular assignments, carry on research, and make regular progress toward the MA degree.

Program Learning Outcomes:
Students completing the MA will be expected to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of historiography and its relevance for the study of history;
  • develop historical arguments and present them effectively, orally and in writing;
  • produce examples of various types of historical writing, such as book reviews, bibliographic essays, research papers, prospectus, and theses; and
  • present original historical arguments using both primary and secondary sources.

Course and Capstone Requirements
(30 credits, including a thesis):

Admission criteria: Acceptance into the CCSU Graduate Program and approval of the History Department.

Three 500-level history courses (9 credits)
Three additional history courses  (9 credits)
HIST 501 The Professional Historian  
HIST 599 Thesis (6 credits)
  Electives in history or related fields (6 credits)

Candidates will be required to demonstrate the ability to translate material in their fields in one foreign language, except in those cases where, upon the request of a candidate in U.S. history, a substitute skill or subject is approved by the department. Candidates must make application in the department to take the language examination. Deadlines are October 10, for the fall examination; March 10, for the spring.

The fields of concentration available in the M.A. program are U.S. history, European history, and comparative world history. No more than six credits can be taken at the 400 level.

Although proficiency in a language other than English is not a program requirement, students should be aware that it may be necessary for certain research subjects.


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