Prepare to succeed in a rapidly changing and increasingly connected world. With a Master in Arts in History from the University of West Florida, you’ll conduct independent research, evaluate popular claims of “historical fact,” identify social patterns and reveal the voices of people from all backgrounds.
What You Will Learn
The M.A. in History offers three specializations: Early American Studies, Public History and Traditional History. Whichever specialization you choose, you will gain the ability to think critically, communicate effectively and ask incisive questions about the world around you.
You will be required to take two methods courses, sequenced to provide a layered approach to research. Each track also has unique requirements throughout the curriculum and culminates with a capstone project such as a thesis, M.A. research paper or internship.
By the beginning of the second year of class work, you should be thinking seriously about what you want to do for a thesis project. Before starting any work on a prospective project, you will choose a thesis advisor, a thesis committee and develop a thesis.
Throughout your studies you will have several opportunities for hands-on research. Many of our students work with the UWF Historic Trust as docents, archivists and educators. Other students find a variety of internships or research projects with local, regional and national museums, historical societies and other institutions.
The Department of History also offers a historic preservation certificate in collaboration with the Department of Anthropology.
2 years | Full time
A sample of featured courses you will take in the History M.A. program.
– HIS 5059 METHODS I: THE HISTORIAN’S CRAFT
– EUH 6925 SEMINAR: DIRT, DEATH & DISEASE IN MIDDLE AGES
– ARH 5836 MUSEUM AND GALLERY STUDIES
– HIS 6083 HISTORIC AND HERITAGE PRESERVATION SEMINAR
Only one is required
An earned bachelor’s degree from an institution that is fully accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education, or a comparable degree from an international institution with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4-point scale or a 3.0 (GPA) on a 4-point scale on the last 60 hours of coursework in the baccalaureate degree.