Master of Arts in History

 

The Master of Arts in History program at Arkansas Tech University is designed to provide advanced historical study for students who plan eventually to pursue the doctoral degree in history as well as for those who intend to pursue careers in teaching, law, journalism, business, government, public service, or the private sector.

The program offers graduate education directed by faculty members with strong teaching and research backgrounds, each holding advanced degrees from noted universities. While the department has a strong commitment to excellence in teaching, its professors are also active in research and scholarship. The graduate faculty members maintain a supportive academic environment that enables them to interact closely with the graduate students.

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What Is the History Program?

The Master of Arts in History program at Arkansas Tech has been designed to offer primary areas of concentration in Modern European History and United States History. Students must seek a secondary area of concentration in either Modern European History, United States History, World History or Public History.

In addition to academic content, the Master of Arts in History program also stresses the professional aspects of the discipline. In this regard, students enrolled in the program are encouraged to pursue scholarly publications and internships, and to make professional presentations.

Degree Requirements
Option I: Thesis Option

The student seeking the Master of Arts degree in History under the Thesis Option must complete the following:

  1. A minimum of 30 hours in history at the graduate level (5000-6000) with no more than 9 hours of 5000-level courses considered toward the completion of degree.
  2. The satisfactory completion of HIST 6003 Historical Methods and HIST 6053 Historiography.
  3. The satisfactory completion of 12 hours in the primary core field, including 6 hours each in Readings and Seminar courses in the area of concentration.
  4. The satisfactory completion of 6 hours in the secondary area of concentration, including 3 hours in a reading course.
  5. The satisfactory completion of 6 hours of HIST 6993 Thesis Research.
  6. All course work must be completed within six years of admission to the degree program.
  7. The successful completion of an oral defense of the completed thesis. Candidates will receive additional information on the oral defense from the Program Director upon admission to candidacy.

In addition to the above requirements, the Master of Arts in History, Thesis Option requires that:

  1. No more than 6 hours of HIST 6891-4 Independent Study be counted toward the degree;
  2. No more than two course grades of "C" be considered acceptable during the student's program, and no grade lower than "C" be considered toward completion of the required course work; and
  3. Thesis hours must earn a grade no lower than "B".
Option II: Non-Thesis Option

The student seeking the Master of Arts degree in History under the Non-Thesis Option must successfully complete the following:

  1. A minimum of 30 hours of history at the graduate level (5000-6000) with no more than 9 hours of 5000-level courses considered toward the completion of degree.
  2. The satisfactory completion of HIST 6003 Historical Methods and HIST 6053 Historiography.
  3. The satisfactory completion of 15 hours in the primary core field, including 6 hours each in Readings and Seminar courses in the area of concentration.
  4. The satisfactory completion of 9 hours in the secondary area of concentration, including 3 hours each in Readings and Seminar courses in the secondary area of concentration.
  5. All course work must be completed within six years of admission to the degree program.
  6. Successful completion of written comprehensive examinations on the completed course work. Comprehensive examinations will be comprised of two written exams in the primary area of concentration and one in the secondary area of concentration. Candidates will receive additional information from the Program Director upon admission to candidacy.

In addition to the above requirements, the Master of Arts in History, Non-Thesis Option requires that:

  1. No more than 6 hours of HIST 6891-4 Independent Study be counted toward the degree; and
  2. No more than two course grades of "C" be considered acceptable during the student's program, and no grade lower than "C" be considered toward completion of the required course work.

 

Where Can I Get More Information About the History Program?

Dr. Peter Dykema
Program Director
Witherspoon Hall
407 West Q Street
Russellville, AR 72801
Phone: (479) 968-0265
Fax: (479) 356-2189
Email: pdykema@atu.edu

 

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