Degree Offered: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Departmental Website: History - M.A.
The program for the M.A. degree in history (American or European concentration) requires a minimum of 30 semester hours (at least 18 of the 30 hours must be at the 600 level) of graduate study, satisfactory performance in a foreign language examination approved by the history department, and a satisfactory performance in a comprehensive written examination over all coursework for the degree. Students will choose one of the following options:
Non-Thesis Option (American or European concentration) Hours:30
This is a non-thesis degree designed for students who do not intend to continue graduate studies beyond the master's level. It requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of approved coursework, including HIST 631 and 6 hours outside the student's principal concentration.
Thesis Option (American or European concentration) Hours:30
Requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of approved course work, including: HIST 631 and 3 hours of thesis credit (HIST 699). Candidates must pass an oral examination in defense of the thesis.
Cherokee Studies Option (American concentration, thesis or non-thesis) Hours:30
Requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of approved coursework, including 3 hours of HIST 699 for those writing a thesis; 18 hours ( 3 additional hours for non-thesis option - 21 hours) in American history courses (including HIST 545 and 631); 9 hours in Cherokee Studies concentration selected from: ANTH 561, ANTH 573, ASI 594, ENGL 564, or other courses approved by the graduate advisor.
Public History Option (American concentration) Hours:30
This is a non-thesis option designed to prepare students for entry-level positions related to public history. It requires the completion of a minimum of 30 semester hours of approved coursework, including: HIST 631 and 688; 9 hours selected from HIST 571, 572, 573, 574; and 15 hours of guided electives exclusive of public history courses.
Location of Course Offerings: Cullowhee
Fall April 15
Spring October 15
Summer February 1
Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Alexander Macaulay
204A McKee Building
Department of History