Graduate Catalog 2010-12




Glenn Sunshine (Chair, DiLoreto 206), Jay Bergman, M. B. B. Biskupski, Gloria Emeagwali, Leah Glaser, Briann Greenfield, Katherine Hermes, Mark Jones, Elias Kapetanopoulos, Mary Ann Mahony, Kate McGrath, Norton Mezvinsky, Heather Munro Prescott, Matthew Specter, John Tully, Matthew Warshauer, Louise Williams, Robert Wolff (Dept. phone: 860-832-2800)


Department Overview

The Department of History provides an M.A. degree in history and an M.A. degree in public history. The department, in cooperation with other departments in the social science areas, offers various programs for teachers and presents courses for the general education of graduate students in other fields of specialization.

Admission to the degree programs in the department requires the prerequisite of an undergraduate history major or its equivalent, generally interpreted as 30 credits in history and closely related fields. A graduate student lacking this prerequisite will be required to take courses for undergraduate credit to make up any deficiency.

Each student taking a major or a concentration in history will be assigned to a graduate advisor who will assist the student in designing the planned program of graduate study. All graduate student planned programs in history require the approval of the advisor and department chair.



To be considered for admission to the M.A. in history or the M.A. in public history, applicants must have an undergraduate or cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher, as well as a degree in history or related field. Applicants who do not meet these admissions standards, but who have an undergraduate or cumulative GPA between 2.70 and 2.99, may be considered for conditional admission. In order to be recommended for full acceptance, conditionally admitted students must complete HIST 501 with a B or better.

Students who do not meet the undergraduate GPA requirements for admittance or conditional admittance to the graduate program in history may take up to three courses (nine credits) in graduate-level history courses as a non-matriculated student. Those earning a minimum 3.30 GPA for these courses may apply for conditional admittance to the graduate program. Those students must also provide two letters of recommendation from CCSU History Department faculty. Once conditionally admitted, those students who achieve a B+ or above in HIST 501 will be fully admitted into the program.

Prospective graduate students without an undergraduate degree in history, but who meet the GPA requirements for full admission to the graduate program, should meet with the History Department chair or a History Department graduate advisor to determine the requisite courses needed for admission. At minimum, those students will receive a conditional admittance and must complete HIST 501 with a B or better.

For consideration, all application materials must be received by the Department of History no later than December 1 for spring admissions and May 1 for fall admissions. Applicants who do not meet the fall admissions deadline may enroll in courses on a non-matriculated basis, subject to course availability.

Applicants should submit the following materials to the Graduate Admissions Office:

  • the application for Graduate Admission

  • official copies of transcripts

  • application fee


In addition, applicants must submit the following materials to the History Department:

  • two letters of recommendation (recommendation forms are available at

  • a statement of purpose describing the applicant's academic interests in history, not to exceed 350 words. Applicants for the M.A. in public history should also address their professional goals and career aspirations.



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) including:

    HIST 501 The Professional Historian

HIST 599, Thesis (6 credits)

Electives in 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 nine credits can be taken at the 400 level.


Master of Arts in Public History

Program Rationale:

Public historians are front-line interpreters, bringing historical knowledge to a broad public audience beyond the traditional academic classroom. The Masters of Arts in Public History is designed to prepare students for careers in history museums, historical societies, historic preservation, cultural resource management, government agencies, heritage tourism, and other fields in which history is presented to public and client-based audiences. The degree also provides K-12 history educators with tools to energize their classroom teaching. Students receive traditional training in the areas of historical research, writing, and interpretation, along with job specific skills and the hands-on experience necessary to become efficient and ethical stewards of the past. This degree is also appropriate for those seeking to pursue further study in American history or public history at the doctoral level.

For more information, visit the department's website at



Program Learning Outcomes:

Students in the program will be expected to:

  • conduct original research;

  • interpret primary sources;

  • evaluate the historiography of a specific historical topic;

  • demonstrate knowledge of public history practices and techniques; and

  • communicate effectively with a non-academic or client-based audience.


Course and Capstone Requirements

(33 credits, including an internship and project [Plan C]):


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


Public history courses required (graduate courses specific to public history) (18 credits):

HIST 501 The Professional Historian 3

HIST 510 Seminar in Public History 3

HIST 511 Topics in Public History 6

(taken twice with different topics)

HIST 521 Public History Internship 3

HIST 595 Public History Research Project (Plan C) 3


General history courses to be taken from the following list (9 credits):

HIST 560 Seminar in American History 3-6

HIST 565 Seminar in 17th- and 18th-Century America 3

HIST 566 U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction 3

HIST 570 Immigration in American History 3

HIST 540 Seminar in European History 3-6

HIST 563 The Age of Jackson 3

HIST 512 Connecticut Encounters 3


Two elective courses (6 credits), chosen in consultation with an advisor. At least one of these courses (3 credits) must be taken in a discipline other than history.


Additional non-course requirement: Each student must attend five professional conferences as part of his/her program.


For more information, contact Briann Greenfield, PhD, at 860-832-2821,



The Department of History in cooperation with the School of Education and Professional Studies offers courses of study leading to secondary teacher certification in history and in history and social studies. Information about current Connecticut teacher certification requirements may be obtained from the Office of the Dean, School of Education and Professional Studies.


Post-Master's Study

Individually designed 30-credit programs of post-master's study are available for qualified students.

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