College of Arts and Letters2012-2013
Department of History
History, Master of Arts
- Available Emphasis Areas:
- Extended Coursework - Emphasis (beginning Fall 2013)
- Research - Emphasis (beginning Fall 2013)
- Public History - Emphasis (beginning Fall 2013)
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.|
|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.
Take the following 30 units:
- HIS 600, preferably in the first semester (3 units)
- Primary field coursework (12 units):
- In a major geographic field, such as: United States, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa, or the Middle East; or
- In a thematic exploration, such as: Colonialism and Nationalism; Culture, Power, and Ideology; Environment and Economy; Gender, Race, and Class.
- Secondary field (9 units):
- If the Primary field is geographic, then the Secondary field must be thematic, or vice versa. Up to 6 units of the secondary field may be from a cognate area.
The Master of Arts in History is available in two forms: Research or Extended Coursework (Select One):
- One research seminar, with an earned grade of "A" before enrolling in HIS 699 (3 units)
- HIS 699, for the research, writing, and oral defense of an approved thesis (9 units)
- Electives should be chosen in consultation with your advisor.
- Depending on your research interest, your committee may require you to demonstrate competence in a foreign language before you register for thesis units.
- Third field which may be geographic, thematic, or include courses from a cognate field. (6 units)
- Electives as needed chosen in consultation with your program committee chair.
- Under this plan, in lieu of a thesis, the student 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.
- Extended Coursework
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.