Social Sciences

Master of Arts Degree In History

The Master of Arts (MA) in History is offered through the Department of Social Sciences. Four options are available for students pursuing a graduate degree in History:

  1. Thesis
  2. Non-Thesis
  3. Public History
  4. TMATE for teacher certification

This degree is designed to expand and enrich a student's knowledge of history and to develop research, writing, and analytical abilities in United States, European, and world history. This degree will prepare students who wish to pursue further graduate study for a PhD degree or to improve their teaching abilities.  The specialized programs in Public History and TMATE offer course options and training that will prepare students for careers in local/public history, museum studies, and in public education.

To gain full admission to the MA program, students must first meet the general requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies and hold an under-graduate degree with a history major or 24 hours in history. Those students who lack the necessary undergraduate preparation will be required to complete up to 24 hours of appropriate leveling work. The department head in consultation with the graduate history advisor will review the student's transcript to determine the nature and amount of leveling work and will assist the student in establishing a graduate advisory committee. The graduate history advisor will assist the student in selecting a program from the four options. Students must have the approval of the department head to change tracks once they have completed 24 hours of course work.

Master of Arts Degree In History

Required Courses
Thesis Track 1
HIST 5398Historiography and HIstorical Method3
HIST 5088Thesis 21-6
Select one of the following:3
State and Local history
Selected Topics in American History
Selected Topics in European History
Other Graduate History Courses24
Total Hours36
Non-Thesis Track
HIST 5398Historiography and HIstorical Method3
Select one of the following:3
State and Local history
Selected Topics in American History
Selected Topics in European History
Other Graduate History Courses30
Total36
Public History Option 3
HIST 5307Public History Seminar3
HIST 5308Museum Studies3
HIST 5309Historic Preservation3
HIST 5310Archival Principles and Practices3
HIST 5399Practicum, Field Problem or Internship (Two Semesters Required) 33
HIST 5399Practicum, Field Problem or Internship (Two Semesters Required) 33
Other Graduate History Courses18
Total Hours36
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Each History student must demonstrate proficiency in at least one foreign language prior to the awarding of the M.A. degree. Proficiency will be measured either by the successful completion (with a C or better ) of 14 hours in a single foreign language (either on the undergraduate or graduate level), or by obtaining a passing score on a standardized foreign language exam administered by the department of General  Studies and Testing.

Each student will take a written comprehensive examination after completing 24 hours of course work. The examination, based on course work submitted for the M.A. degree, will be administered and evaluated by the student’s graduate advisory committee. If the examination result is unsatisfactory, the student will be allowed to retake the examination one additional time. Additional course work in areas of weakness may be required. 

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 Each thesis track student will complete a thesis under the direction of a thesis advisor, who will chair the student’s graduate advisory committee. The student will enroll in HIST. 5088 (Thesis) only with prior approval of the Department Head and the Graduate History Advisor. The thesis will be prepared in accordance with the general procedures specified by the College of Graduate Studies. Upon completion of the thesis, the student will sit for an oral defense before a committee composed of his or her graduate advisory committee and a representative from the Graduate College. Under special circumstances, the thesis advisor, in consultation with the Graduate History Advisor and the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, may modify this requirement.

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 The student choosing the Public History Option will take 18 hours of content area History courses and 18 hours of public History courses, including 6 hours of internship at selected public History venues. Ordinarily the student choosing the Public History Option will not write a thesis. 

Master of Arts in History with TMATE Certification

Field of Study Courses
21 Hours in Graduate Content Area Courses. Students may be required to take some leveling work before taking History graduate courses. Undergraduate work in discipline will be evaluated prior to admission to program.
Other Required Courses
HIST 5398Historiography and HIstorical Method3
EDUC 5311Methods of Effective Teaching3
EDUC 5314Creating and Managing the Learning Environment3
READ 5370Literacy Development3
EDUC 5695Practicum in Clinical Teaching (Students take 2 semesters of EDUC 5399 or 1 semester of 5695)6
or EDUC 5399 Internship in Teaching
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Courses

HIST 5086. History Problems. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-6 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Conference course. Independent reading, research, discussion, under supervision of senior professor.

HIST 5088. Thesis. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-6 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Scheduled when the student is ready to begin the thesis. No credit until the thesis is completed. Prerequisites: 24 hours graduate credit, including HIST 5398 and at least one research seminar, and consent of major professor.

HIST 5307. Public History Seminar. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of public history careers available for master's level history graduates in areas outside of classroom teaching. This is a gateway course for all public history courses.

HIST 5308. Museum Studies. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of the theory and practice of the multiple careers available to historians in museums, including curating, collections care, educational programming, exhibits, media relations, financial development, and construction and management of facilities. Course fee $50.

HIST 5309. Historic Preservation. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of historic preservation as an area of professional employment for historians. Course fee $50.

HIST 5310. Archival Principles and Practices. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of the principles and practices of archival management. Course fee $50.

HIST 5320. State and Local history. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Selected problems. Readings and research in Texas history. May be repeated when topics vary.

HIST 5331. Directed Reading in American History Since 1877. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Readings and discussions of selected problems. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

HIST 5332. Selected Topics in American History. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Research and writing of papers on selected topics. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

HIST 5340. Directed Readings in European History. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Readings and discussions of selected topics in early modern and modern European history. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

HIST 5342. Selected Topics in European History. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Research and writing of papers on selected topics. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

HIST 5343. Directed Readings in World History. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Readings and discussion of selected topics in the history of regions and countries outside of Europe and the United States. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

HIST 5398. Historiography and HIstorical Method. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A survey of various "schools" of history with particular emphasis on recent trends and techniques in historical writing. Prerequisite: Full admission to the graduate program or permission of instructor.

HIST 5399. Practicum, Field Problem or Internship. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Supervised professional activities in workplaces where historians find professional careers including museums, historic preservation, cultural resource management, archival administration, teaching, parks, oral history, corporate history, and editing and publishing. Will count as an elective but not for teacher certification or completion of the history major. May be repeated once for credit. Requires approval of instructor and department head. Field experience fee $50.

Dr. Richard Cruz, Graduate Advisor
Department of Social Sciences
O.A. Grant Building, Room 366
Box T-0660
Stephenville, Texas 76402
(254) 968-9625
cruz@tarleton.edu
www.tarleton.edu/socialsciences/degrees/grad.html

Dr. Eric V. Morrow, Department Head
Department of Social Sciences
O.A. Grant Building, Room 355
Box T-0660
Stephenville, Texas 76402
(254) 968-9626
(254) 968-9798
morrow@tarleton.edu
www.tarleton.edu/socialsciences

Ms. Jeannie Vazquez, Administrative Assistant
Department of Social Sciences
O.A. Grant Building, Room 355
Box T-0660
Stephenville, Texas 76402
(254) 968-9021
(254) 968-9798
jvazquez@tarleton.edu
www.tarleton.edu/socialsciences