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 Graduate College

History (MA)

Department of History

www.uni.edu/csbs/history/masters-history
319 Seerley Hall
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0701

Head: Dr. Robert Martin
Phone: (319) 273-2097
E-mail: robert.martin@uni.edu

Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Barbara Cutter
Phone: (319) 273-5909
E-mail: barbara.cutter@uni.edu


Read the UNI Catalog description:

Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should contact the Department of History for other admission requirements. Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at www.grad.uni.edu/admission.

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program.

Only graduate courses (course numbers 5000 or above) will apply to a graduate program, even if the undergraduate course number (4999 or less) is listed. No exceptions will be made.

The object of this program is to prepare students for either further graduate study (thesis option recommended), teaching at the secondary or community college level (non-thesis option recommended), or history-related careers in government, business or private research (public history emphasis recommended). As a general rule, students should have a GPA of 3.20 or better for admission to the program. This major is available on the thesis and non-thesis options; a minimum of 30 semester hours is required for either option. The thesis option requires a minimum of 18 hours of 200/6000-level course work, including a total of 6 hours of HIST 6299 (960:299) (students choosing the Public History emphasis may complete a Thesis Project in place of a written thesis). The non-thesis option requires a minimum of 15 hours of 200/6000-level course work and the completion of a research paper. Prospective majors must consult with the department head about further requirements prior to beginning their programs.

For the thesis option, students must present a proposal for the approval of their Faculty Committee; pass an oral defense of the thesis; and, depending on the research emphasis, may be required by the Committee to demonstrate competency in a second language. For the non-thesis option, students must pass a written comprehensive examination in the primary field and an oral comprehensive examination in both the primary field and a secondary field.

This program also includes an accelerated version of the two-year M.A. degree program in history listed above. It is available only to UNI undergraduate history majors and allows such students to complete the M.A. degree one year after receiving their B.A. degree. It is a two-phase program, with a preparatory phase and a graduate phase. Upon declaration of an undergraduate major in history, any UNI student may apply to the department for entry into the preparatory phase of the Accelerated M.A. program. The graduate phase of the program begins after the student receives the B.A. degree and is admitted into the graduate program in history.

To be considered for admission into this accelerated program, students must have a UNI cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or above and must apply for entry into the program by the end of their junior year by completing an application for admission to graduate study, which can be found at www.grad.uni.edu/admission.

In order to complete the M.A. in one additional year after the B.A., undergraduate students who are admitted to the preparatory phase of the program will need to enroll in 6 hours of graduate work each semester of their senior year, as provided for in this University Catalog. (See policies and procedures for Graduate Credit for Undergraduate Students.) Graduate work completed in this program will be counted as graduate credit on the student’s transcript and will not be counted toward the undergraduate degree. No more than 12 credits of graduate credit may be taken before the B.A. is awarded.

Undergraduate students in the preparatory phase may take no more than a combined total (including undergraduate and graduate courses) of 12 hours in a semester or 6 hours in a summer session.

After completion of the preparatory phase of the program, the student will be considered for admission to the graduate portion of the Accelerated M.A. program. Actual admission to graduate study and classification as a graduate student commences the term after the student has completed the B.A. All other degree requirements for the regular history M.A. program also apply to the Accelerated M.A. program.

Thesis Option

Required

History

HIST 6030 (960:280)

Seminar in History

3-12

HIST 6050 (960:290)

Historical Methods

3

HIST 6288

Seminar: Topics in World Historiography

3-6

HIST 6289 (960:289)

Seminar in United States Historiography

3

HIST 6299 (960:299)

Research

6

Electives (may take one course, up to 3 hours, outside the field of history)

0-12

Total hours

30

Non-Thesis Option

Required

History

HIST 6030 (960:280)

Seminar in History

3-12

HIST 6050 (960:290)

Historical Methods

3

HIST 6288

Seminar: Topics in World Historiography

3-6

HIST 6289 (960:289)

Seminar in United States Historiography

3

History (HIST 6xxx/960:2XX)

0-3

Electives (may take one course, up to 3 hours, outside the field of history)

3-15

Total hours

30

Public History Emphasis

This program is offered on the thesis or thesis project option only. A minimum of 30 semester hours is required, of which a minimum of 18 hours of 200/6000-level course work (including 6 hours of HIST 6299 (960:299) is required. As a prerequisite for admission to this program, student must have a B.A. in history or at least nine credit hours of history.

Successful defense of the thesis or thesis project is required.

Required

History

HIST 4010/5010 (960:106g)

Applying History: The Public Alternative

3

HIST 6030 (960:280)

Seminar in History

3-6

HIST 6050 (960:290)

Historical Methods

3

HIST 6288

Seminar: Topics in World Historiography

3-6

HIST 6289 (960:289)

Seminar in United States Historiography

3

Internship

HIST 4030/5030 (960:132g)

Internship in Historical Studies

6

Research

HIST 6299 (960:299)

Research

6

Electives

0-3

Total hours

30