M.A. in History

Southeast's Department of History and Anthropology offers a 36 credit-hour Master of Arts degree that develops your professional skills through extensive reading, examination of special topics, practice in analytical and synthetical skills, and competency in computer searches in historical databases and online services. You will take courses in various areas, including History, Historic Preservation, Social Studies, and other disciplines. You will be prepared for advanced professional study or career placement. Your investigative and communication skills you've developed as an undergraduate will be further developed and you will demonstrate a mastery of historical skills through a program that integrates extensive research in a special topic with a breadth of knowledge in complementary subjects.


Program Objectives

Upon completion of the Master of Arts in History, the you will be able to:

  • demonstrate the development of a knowledge base in history and an understanding of the major fields of study in United States, European, and World History
  • demonstrate the ability to locate and gather information by developing skills in historical research, including the use of primary and secondary sources, print and non-print databases, and Internet search engines and directories
  • demonstrate the ability to locate and gather information by developing skills in historical research, including the use of primary and secondary sources, print and non-print databases, and Internet search engines and directories

Program Structure

Core Courses

  • GH600 Introduction to Public History (3)*
  • GH610 Methods of Research in History (3)*
  • US/EH/WH600/620 Readings/Seminar in History (9)
  • 21 Hours of Electives**
*Students must pass GH600 and GH610 with a "B" or higher to continue in the program.
** No more than 6 hours may be chosen from GH/HP601/602/603.

Sample Two Year Plan - Thesis Option

Fall

  • GH 600, Intro to Public History
  • US 620 Seminar in U.S. History
  • US 635 American Material Culture

Spring

  • GH 610 Methods of Research in History
  • EH 620 Seminar in European History
  • WH 520 Latin American Colonial History

Fall

  • WH 630 Seminar in World History
  • HP 585 History of American Architecture
  • GH 694/695 Thesis

Spring

  • US 507 Civil War and Reconstruction
  • EH 516 History of Modern Germany
  • GH 695/695 Thesis
  • GR 699 Master's Oral Examination

Sample Two Year Plan - Non-Thesis Option

Fall

  • GH 600 Intro to Public History
  • US 620 Seminar in U.S. History
  • US 635 American Material Culture

Spring

  • GH 610 Methods of Research in History
  • EH 620 Seminar in European History
  • WH 520 Latin American Colonial History

Fall

  • WH 630 Seminar in World History
  • HP 585 History of American Architecture
  • WH 524 History of Mexico

Spring

  • US 507 Civil War and Reconstruction
  • EH 516 History of Modern Germany
  • US 509 American West
  • GR 698 Comprehensive Examinations

 

Contact

(573) 651-2146
Fax: (573) 651-5188
jmcgaugh@semo.edu
Caranahan Hall 311E

Department of History and Anthropology
One University Plaza, MS4150
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701