About This Degree
The Department of History has been recognized by the American Historical Association as one of 12 outstanding history departments in the United States and Canada, selected for its “brilliant teaching and leadership.”
The department's graduate program attracts students from across the United States and overseas. Because the department limits its entering class to approximately 12, every graduate student is important. Moreover, master’s-level students are not competing with doctoral students for the faculty’s time or for history-related work experiences.
The faculty members of the History Department have a broad array of specialties, so students can study a variety of time periods and geographic areas in history. In particular, the department has particular depth in the areas of environmental history, religious studies, and Western United States studies.
The MA degree requires students to gain proficiency in one or more foreign languages. The MS degree requires students to incorporate computer, social, or natural science into their research in lieu of a foreign language. A course plan will be developed for each student with their committee in their first year.
Career And Outcomes
Graduates with a master’s degree in history can find careers in many venues, such as:
- Historical societies
- Publishing companies
- Government agencies
- High schools
Many master's students go on to prestigious doctoral programs or have careers as writers.
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