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    Aug 09, 2020  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History, M.A.


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Degree Information

Priority Admission Application Deadlines:  http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors

Minimum Total Hours: 33
Level: Masters
CIP Code: 54.0101
Dept. Code: HTY
Major/College Codes: HTY AS
Approved: 1969

Concentrations:

American History (AHY)
Ancient History (AHS)
European History (EHS)
Latin American History (LAH)
Medieval History (MHS)

Contact Information

College: Arts and Sciences
Department: History

Contact Information: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors


The Department of History at the University of South Florida in Tampa offers MA applicants an enriching program of study, coursework, and directed research.

A master’s degree in History can prepare students for a variety of careers in the public and private sectors where research, critical thinking, and writing skills are especially important.

Major Research Areas:  
American History to 1877; American History post-1877; Ancient History; Digital Humanities; Early Modern Europe and the World; Latin American History; Medieval History; Modern Europe and the World; Russian History.

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation on behalf of the applicant are required. These letters should come from academic sources familiar with the quality of the applicant’s academic work and indicate his/her graduate program potential.
  • Statement of Purpose: A statement is required that delineates historical and intellectual areas of interest, proposed fields of study, educational and professional goals, the faculty with whom the applicant is potentially interested in working, and why the applicant sees him/herself as a good fit with the program.
  • Writing Sample: A sample of written work which indicates the applicant’s ability to write effectively, to conduct historical research and analysis must be submitted.  Appropriate examples include a term paper, research paper, or thesis chapter.

Curriculum Requirements


Total Minimum Hours: 33

Core Requirements - 6 Credit Hours
Major Field Concentrations – 9 Credit Hours
Minor Field of Study Electives - 6 Credit Hours
Electives - 6 Credit Hours
Thesis/non-thesis – 6 hours

Core Course Requirement (6 Credit Hours)


Major Field Concentrations (9 Credit Hours)


Students may select from the following Concentrations. Other courses may be included if approved by the Graduate Director.

 

American History (AHY)


  • Select from the following options:

  •  

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Age of Jackson (3 Credit Hours)
    Civil War (3 Credit Hours)
    Immigration and Ethnicity (3 Credit Hours)
    Slavery and Freedom in the United States Before the Civil War (3 Credit Hours)
    The Sixties (3 Credit Hours)
    The US and Russia in the 20th Century (3 Credit Hours)
    U.S. Transnational History 1900-1945 (3 Credit Hours)
    U.S. 1865-1920 (3 Credit Hours)
    U.S. in the Cold War, 1945-2000 (3 Credit Hours)

  •  

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • The Irish in America (3 Credit Hours)
    Colloquium - Topics vary (3 Credit Hours)

     

     

Ancient History (AHS)


  • Select from the following options:

  •  

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Ancient Navies (3 Credit Hours)
    Death, Burial and the Afterlife in Antiquity (3 Credit Hours)
    Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean (3 Credit Hours)
    Thucydides (3 Credit Hours)
    Digital Public Archeology (3 Credit Hours)

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Credit Hours: 3
  •  

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Classical Greece (3 Credit Hours)
    Digital Archeology (3 Credit Hours)
    Age of Alexander (3 Credit Hours)
    Roman Empire (3 Credit Hours)
    Advanced Latin for Ancient Historians (3 Credit Hours)
    Classical Greece (3 Credit Hours)

European History (EHS)


  • Select from the following options:

  •  

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • British Empires, 1500-Today (3 Credit Hours)
    Popular Culture: Europe 1400-1700 (3 Credit Hours)
    Early Modern Europe (3 Credit Hours)
    Empire and Ethnicities (3 Credit Hours)
    Approaches to Global and World History (3 Credit Hours)
    Global History of Communism (3 Credit Hours)
    The Inquisition: Spain and America (3 Credit Hours)
    Immigration and Ethnicity (3 Credit Hours)
    Twentieth Century Europe (3 Credit Hours)
    The Soviet Union in WWII (3 Credit Hours)
    Women and Gender in the Mediterranean World, 1400-1700 (3 Credit Hours)

  •  

  • Credit Hours: 3

Latin American History (LAH)


  • Select from the following options:

  •  

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Spanish Atlantic (3 Credit Hours)
    The Inquisition: Spain and America (3 Credit Hours)
    Sex, Crime, and Drugs in Latin America (3 Credit Hours)
    Latin America in the 1960’s (3 Credit Hours)

  •  

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • (Topics vary)

Medieval History (MHS)


  • Select from the following options:

  •  

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • The Medieval World (3 Credit Hours)
    History of the Crusades (3 Credit Hours)
    Medieval Crime and Punishment (3 Credit Hours)
    Medieval Mediterranean (3 Credit Hours)
    Medieval Egypt and North Africa (3 Credit Hours)

  •  

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • (Topics Vary)

Minor Field of Study Electives (6 Credit Hours)


Students select six (6) hours in a minor field of study that complements the concentration. 

Electives (6 Credit Hours)


Students must complete additional hours in graduate courses in History or in another department at USF.

Other Requirements


Students may take a maximum of three hours in HIS 6914  Directed Research and/or HIS 6908  Independent Study and/or HIS 6925  Colloquia. Exceptions can be made with the approval of the major professor and Graduate Director.

M.A. students must select an advisor in their anticipated major field of study. Students will arrange their program of study and schedules of appropriate courses in consultation with their major professor.  

Students need to demonstrate satisfactory progress or they will be removed from the program, consistent with department procedure.

Language Requirement


Students may need to demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English, consistent with the requirements of their field.

Thesis and Non-Thesis Options (6 Credit Hours)


Students may select either a thesis or non-thesis option.

Thesis


  • Credit Hours: 2-19 (3 Credit hours)
  • In lieu of two other courses, students may write a Master’s Thesis, enrolling in HIS 6971.

Non-Thesis


Comprehensive Examinations:


Students will be assessed in their major and minor fields through a written comprehensive exam. An oral exam may be administered, if a field examiner (USF faculty member) is unsatisfied with the state of the student’s comprehension of the field.

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