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History Department

Master of Arts in History

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Core Requirements - Examination Option

This option requires a minimum of 30 credits, including:

  • three required classes of 3 credits each (listed below),
  • 21 additional course credits of which 9 can be outside of the department,
  • foreign language requirement and,
  • a one-hour oral comprehensive examination in their field of specialization (after completing 30 course credits and satisfying the foreign language requirement).

Thesis Option

This option requires a minimum 24 course credits, including:

  • three required classes of 3 credits each (listed below),
  • 15 additional course credits, 9 of which can be outside of the department,
  • 6 thesis hours and an oral defense of the thesis and,
  • a foreign language requirement which must be satisfied prior to the oral defense of the thesis.

Required Courses

An M.A. in history offers flexible options for choosing your coursework. You will work with faculty mentors to help select courses most relevant to your fields of interest. A small sample of available courses are listed below. Please see the Course Catalogue for details about requirements and courses.

Historiography (HST 801)

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Theories and Philosophies of History (HST 803)

You will learn the history of historical thought and practice in the development of modern historical method.

First-Year Graduate Research Seminar (HST 804)

This seminar is geared to particular research interests of first-year students.

Career Resources

In addition to close faculty mentorship, Maxwell graduate students who choose to enter the workforce have access to many career tools and resources, including Syracuse University’s exclusive online job and internship portal, alumni directories, networking treks and skill-building resources. As you start thinking about your post-graduation goals, career advisors are available—in person, via drop-in virtual appointment and via text – to help translate your academic work into professional opportunities.

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History Department
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