College of Arts and Letters2013-2014
Department of History
History, Master of Arts
- Available Emphasis Areas:
- Extended Coursework - Emphasis
- Research - Emphasis
- Public History - Emphasis
What Can I Do with a Master of Arts in History?
Learn to think critically, develop research skills, and communicate more effectively. Our regional location will give you opportunities to learn about the area in-depth: Native American and Latino history with a focus on the American West, the Southwest, and US-Mexico Borderlands are our specialties. At the same time, you will become much more than only area specialist; our program’s broad theoretical orientation will provide you with a sound introduction to cutting-edge theoretical and historiographical approaches to the study of the subject.
Career opportunities that might be pursued:
- Museum curator
- Foundation historian
- Information specialist
- Community college instructor
To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)
You must additionally complete:
- All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
- All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
- All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
In addition to University Requirements:
- Complete individual plan requirements.
|Minimum Units for Completion||30|
|Additional Admission Requirements||Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.|
|Emphasis, Minor, Certificate||
Emphasis, minor, and/or certificate are required.
|Thesis||Thesis may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.|
|Comprehensive Exam||Comprehensive Exam may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.|
|Oral Defense||Oral Defense may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.|
|Foreign Language||A foreign language may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.
|Research||Individualized research may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.|
|Program of Study||View Program of Study|
Additional Admission Requirements
- Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
- NAU Graduate Online application required (www.nau.edu/graduateapply) for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
- Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent.
- Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
- For details on graduate admission policies, please visit http://nau.edu/GradCol/Admissions/Graduate-Admissions-Policy/ .
- International applicants have additional admission requirements: http://nau.edu/GradCol/Admissions/International/.
Individual program admission requirements include:
- GRE® revised General Test
- 3 letters of recommendation
- Writing sample
- Personal statement or essay
This degree consists of 18-21 units of core and 9-12 units of emphasis requirements.
Take the following 18 - 21 units of core requirements:
- Colonialism and Nationalism
- Environment and Health
- Gender and Sexuality
- Race, Class, and Ethnicity
- Indigenous Peoples/Native Americans
- Latin America
- United States
- North American Borderlands/West
Emphasis Requirements (9-12 units)
Research, Extended Coursework, or Public History (Select One):
- In consultation with your advisor, choose a field from the list above, different from the one used to satisfy your primary field coursework requirement.
- Depending on your research interest, your committee may require you to demonstrate competence in a foreign language before you register for thesis units.
Extended Coursework Emphasis (9 units)
- Secondary field coursework
- You must take a comprehensive final examination covering the courses taken. The comprehensive exam will have written and oral components, and will be structured by the program committee.
- You must complete a three-unit research seminar with a grade of "B" or better.
Public History Emphasis (9 units)
- HIS 502 (3 units)
- HIS 608 (3 units)
- Public History secondary field elective chosen in consultation with your advisor (3 units)
You must complete a portfolio on the public history secondary field courses taken.
You must complete a three-unit research seminar with a grade of "B" or better.
Electives, as needed, should be chosen in consultation with your advisor, and may include up to 6 units of non-History graduate coursework, and up to 3 units of independent study.
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
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