Welcome to the Department of History’s Master of Arts in History Program. This handbook serves to introduce the curriculum and offer information and advice for the successful negotiation of your graduate studies. In all cases, should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the graduate director or other members of the graduate committee.
The history M.A. program has a curricular-wide emphasis on historiography. By historiography we mean the issues addressed by such questions (to give but a few examples) as: How have different scholars approached and written about this topic? What sources and methods have they used? What are major points of consensus or disagreement (if any) on this topic? What is the "state of the question"? How have views of the issue changed over time? Have teaching texts kept up with the latest scholarship? Thus, in addition to increased mastery of informational content, graduates of our program will be made aware of the multiple levels of history and how they are and have been communicated in different ways to diverse audiences.