Master of Arts in History
The master's degree in history will equip students to pursue a doctorate in history; to teach at the public school or college level; or to engage in historic preservation, public history, records management, or other related careers. Students who successfully complete the master's degree will have acquired an advanced knowledge of historiography, substantial experience with interpreting primary documents, knowledge of the research and writing process as used by historians, and an ability to communicate historical information and ideas effectively.
The 37-hour degree provides maximum flexibility, with many choices of course topics to total 27 hours and two additional specifically mandated courses: historical methods (online only) and a one-hour comprehensive exam at the culmination of the program. Students may choose to complete a thesis or take two additional courses to total 37 hours for the degree.
Students may choose from a variety of topics courses in American, European, and world history, including regional, environmental, science and technology, warfare and culture, and gender and ethnic minority history. The program also offers participants choices from Baptist, church and biblical history courses through the School of Religion and Philosophy.
The flexibility of the MA in history extends to the format, with students choosing traditional, face-to-face classes on the Plainview campus, OR a completely online delivery format, OR a combination of the two. Both face-to-face and online courses will be offered in four 11-week terms each year, following the Virtual Campus calendar. The face-to-face classes will meet on Friday nights and all day Saturday on four weekends spread across the 11 weeks.
Prospective students must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. Students desiring to enter the graduate program must submit the following documents:
Students must have six hours of undergraduate history prior to beginning graduate study.
37 hours, including a three-hour core course in historical methods
Academic AdvisingThe Virtual Campus makes available online all the general information needed by students of the Degree Program Online. Any questions having to do with the Graduate Program procedures may be addressed to the Graduate Studies Office at 1-877-844-4544. Specific questions regarding academic issues of the master's degree in History will need to be addressed to Dr. Estelle Owens, Dean of the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences:
Course Rotation (Two Years)
HIST 5342: Studies in British History (Plainview)
HIST 5347: Studies in Modern European History
HIST 5340: Studies in Gender/Ethnic Minority History
HIST 5311: Studies in 19th Century America (Plainview)
HIST 5332: Studies in Environmental History (Plainview)