Master of Arts in History

The Master of Arts program in History at SHSU prepares students to research and write about our past in order to become producers of history and inform our present.  The History Graduate program at SHSU provides students with ample opportunities for faculty-student engagement and at the same time allows students to pursue topics within broad geographical, chronological, and thematic fields.  Students receive an education that provides them with graduate level reading, analytical writing, critical thinking skills that are relevant in the modern world well beyond academia.  This rich educational environment not only prepares students for careers in education and civil service, but also teaches and hones skills that are highly valued in the business world.  Students aspiring to Ph.D. programs in History are also well served at SHSU, as some of our top students have gone on to study at highly prestigious universities.

Students select one of the following tracks, which represent mainstays of the human experience.  Each track transcends time and space, inviting students to ask thematic questions and to build connections between courses and historiographies.  

 Rights & Identity: Students explore how individuals and collectives have conceived of sovereignty, space, and self in various cultures and societies. Throughout history, how have humans conceptualized ideas about race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality? How are rights negotiated, contested, or mediated by the state? From the Reformation to the ongoing African-American freedom struggle in the U.S., from the women’s suffrage movement to environmentalism and other social movements, human history has revolved around fundamental questions of rights and identity. 

War & Violence: War and violence have been mainstays of human history. Students examine how various societies throughout history have experienced, conducted, and remembered military conflict, mass killing, and genocide. How has the conduct of war changed over time? What are the human, emotional, and cultural consequences of war? When and why do societies resort to armed conflict? 

Encounters & Exchanges: Students examine the themes of encounter and exchange throughout history.  Cross-cultural encounters have been central to the human experience since antiquity and have sometimes manifested themselves on the large scale, as is event with the Silk Roads, the Atlantic Slave Trade, and, most recently, globalization.  Trade, missionary activity, and imperialism are other avenues by which the world’s diverse peoples have interacted.  

Students seeking admission to the graduate program in History must meet the following requirements and submit all documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application fee
  3. Official transcripts of all college-level work, including the transcript that shows the date the undergraduate degree was conferred
  4. GRE scores
  5. Two letters of recommendation that discuss the applicant’s suitability for graduate study
  6. A writing sample of scholarly work
  7. A document of intent (or cover letter

Admission Deadlines:
Fall: March 1st
Summer March 1st
Spring: October 1st

After completing the necessary work for a Master's degree in History, non-thesis students and MA in History with a Concentration students will, in their final semester, present and then orally defend a portfolio of written work, to include a synthetic essay building connections between courses in their thematic track. However, because thesis students are engaged in a major research project that is orally defended, these students will not prepare a written portfolio and will present the thesis in lieu of a comprehensive exam. 

Plan 1 - MA in History (Thesis)

Master of Arts in History (Thesis)
Required Courses
HIST 5301Methods in History3
HIST 6098Thesis I 13
HIST 6099Thesis II 13
Track Core Courses 212
Track Electives 23
General Electives 36
Total Hours30


Plan 2 - MA in History (Non-Thesis)

Master of Arts in History (Non-Thesis)
Specified Course
HIST 5301Methods in History3
HIST 6394Seminar in History3
Track Core Courses 115
Track Electives 16
General Electives 29
Total Hours36

Plan 2 - MA in History with Minor

Master of Arts in History with Minor
Specified Course
HIST 5301Methods in History3
HIST 6394Seminar in History3
Track Core Courses 115
Track Electives 13
Minor 212
Total Hours36

History Tracks

Encounters and Exchanges
Core Courses
HIST 5307 (As of Spring 2019)3
HIST 5338 (As of Spring 2019)3
HIST 5370Colonial America3
HIST 5377The American West3
HIST 5381World Historiography3
HIST 5384Texas History3
HIST 5385Latin American History3
HIST 5396Cross-Cultural Interactions3
Elective Courses
HIST 5320 (As of Spring 2019)3
HIST 5342The Japanese Colonial Empire3
HIST 5359 (As of Spring 2019)3
HIST 5375Recent America, 1876-19333
HIST 5388Public History3
HIST 5389Great Brit & The Brit Empire3
Rights and Identity
Core Courses
HIST 5340Recent African-American Hist3
HIST 5360 (As of Spring 2019)
HIST 5372Early National America3
HIST 5376Contemporary Amer,1933-Present3
HIST 5378Amer Cultural & Religious His3
HIST 5382Topics In the History Of Women3
HIST 5386 (as of Spring 2019)
HIST 5390China in Revolution3
Elective Courses
HIST 5353Legacies of the Reformations3
HIST 5362Smnr in Amercn Envirnmntl Hist3
HIST 5371Revolutionary America3
HIST 5374Seminar in the His of Am South3
HIST 5375Recent America, 1876-19333
HIST 5380American Historiography3
HIST 5394Early Modern Europe3
HIST 5395Later Modern Europe3
War and Violence
Core Courses
HIST 5351Early Medieval Europe3
HIST 5355 (As of Spring 2019)3
HIST 5363Seminar In Military History3
HIST 5367 (As of Spring 2019)3
HIST 5373The Am Civil War & Reconstruct3
HIST 5383United States Diplomatic Hist3
HIST 5392The Ottoman Empire, 1300-19223
HIST 5393European Diplomatic History3
Elective Courses
HIST 5333Topics in His of PreModern Wld3
HIST 5336Topics in the History of Pre-Modern Europe3
HIST 5352High and Late Medieval Europe3
HIST 5365Film and War in America3
HIST 5366 (As of Spring 2019)3
HIST 5371Revolutionary America3
HIST 5374Seminar in the His of Am South3