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History at UCM

Understanding today's complex world and seeking the best vision for tomorrow.

M.A. in History at UCM

Explore the depths of history and discover new ways to think about the past.

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Discover multicultural contributions throughout history and inspire change.

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Contribute to the rich diversity of the rapidly changing world.

Program Tracks


Area I- Pre-Doctoral


The Pre-Doctoral area of concentration is designed for students who intend to go on and pursue a Ph.D in history.  Students who opt for this track must demonstrate an additional research tool that is ideally related to their thesis topic. The research tool could be additional course work in a foreign language, Geographic Information Systems, or quantitative analysis. Pre-Doctoral students must also take a comprehensive exam and complete a thesis.


The thesis is a substantial monograph based upon original research which uses both primary and secondary sources. The thesis includes an original historical argument, information drawn from research to support that argument and an explanation of how the argument fits within existing historiography on the topic. A research project of this nature is generally required for admission to a doctoral program in history.



Area II- Applied


The Applied or Public History area of concentration is designed for students who intend to put history to work in the world. Putting history to work in the world might mean that students plan to pursue a career as an archivist, a museum curator, or a cultural resource manager.  Students who elect the applied area of concentration must take a comprehensive examination and complete the required coursework, which includes History 5500 Public History Internship and the capstone course, History 5550 Public History Project.


In History 5550 students work a minimum of 150 hours to complete a public history project for their portfolio.  The project may be the creation of a website that features historical content and interpretation, a historical podcast tour of historic sites located in Jackson County, appraising, arranging, and producing a finding aide for an archival collection, or curating an exhibit at a local museum, like the Johnson County Historical Society.  Students work with their mentor and faculty advisor to complete the public history project.



Area III- Enrichment


The Enrichment area of concentration is designed for individuals who have a strong interest in furthering their content knowledge of history and is well suited for teachers seeking an MA degree.  Those pursuing the Enrichment area of concentration must complete additional colloquia and must also pass a comprehensive examination. 


Graduate Handbook

For more information about the graduate program and the requirements, please read the Graduate Handbook.