WBU offering master's in history at Fort Sill

July 21, 2011

Beginning this fall, Wayland Baptist University will offer face-to-face courses for the Master of Arts in History degree at Ft. Sill in Lawton, Okla. Registration for the fall term will run from July 25 through Aug. 19.

The degree will be offered in a face-to-face format, meeting on Friday evenings and all day Saturday four times during an 11-week term. The M.A. in history will follow the quarter term system of Wayland’s external and virtual campus to allow students to complete the degree faster. Four 11-week terms are offered each year.

“We are looking forward to offering the M.A. in history at Ft Sill, as we believe there are a number of soldiers on post as well as teachers in the surrounding community whom we can serve,” said Dr. Jay Givens, Dean of the WBU campus in Altus and Ft. Sill. “The program’s format of weekend and online courses is perfect for the working adult who wants this degree but cannot attend classes in the work week.”

In addition to the face-to-face format, the M.A. in history is also offered completely online to accommodate those interested in the degree who do not live near a campus or teaching site.

“The fact that the degree can be completed online is a bonus for military students or others who fear the possibility of moving prior to degree completion,” Givens said. “Very few master’s degrees in history are available online from a regionally accredited university, so this is a significant benefit.”

The 37-hour degree will include a historical methods course that will only be offered online, and the program culminates in a one-hour comprehensive examination. Students may choose to complete a thesis (six credit hours) or take two additional classes and forego the thesis. The only required undergraduate coursework for this degree is six hours in history.

The methods course and the exam are the only set coursework required. The remainder of the classes will be topics courses. And Owens adds the courses won’t be limited to the fields of American and European history but will branch out into wider arenas such as regional history, environmental history, the history of science and technology, 20th century history, warfare and culture, medieval history, and gender/ethnic minority history. In addition, Biblical history courses will be included in the degree options, such as Baptist and church history.

For more information, contact Wayland at 580-481-5243.