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History – Graduate Degree

Degree Offered: Master of Arts (M.A.)

Departmental Website: History - M.A.

Program Description:

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.

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Location of Course Offerings: Cullowhee 

Admission Requirements:

  • Graduate School Admission Requirements
  • Program Admission Requirements
    • GRE General Exam
    • Three letters of recommendation from former instructors who are in a position to judge the applicant's aptitude for graduate study
    • Applicants are encouraged to submit a writing sample
    • A personal interview may be requested

Application Deadline: None

Prerequisites: None 

Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Andrew Denson
203B McKee Building
Department of History
828-227- 3867
denson@wcu.edu

 

 

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