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History (M.A.) 2013-2014 Catalog Year

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
(239) 590-7196
Program Admission Requirements
  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • At least 15 credits in History from a regionally accredited institution with a 3.0 GPA in all History courses.
  • A 3.0 GPA for the last 60 hours of the baccalaureate degree (GRE not required).  For applicants with less than 3.0 GPA for the last 60 hours of the baccalaureate degree, a minimum verbal GRE score of 500 (old) or 153 (revised) and a minimum analytical score of 4.5.
  • Minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) for international students who speak English as a second language.
  • Two letters of recommendation from past professors or mentors.
  • A writing sample of 3,000 words or more.
  • Personal statement of interest in pursuing graduate work in history (2-3 pages). The statement should be written in clear, formal academic prose and should explain your motivation in pursuing a Master's degree; your career goals; and the intended focus or specialization of your graduate studies. The letter will be strengthened by specific references to relevant experience or training.
Program Requirements

Select one of the following groupings (thesis or non-thesis). All courses selected in consultation with the faculty advisor.

  1. Thesis Option (36 hrs)

    1. HIS 6159 Historiography (3 hrs)
    2. Field #1 (thesis) (12 hrs)
    3. Field #2 (non-thesis) (6 hrs)
    4. HIS 6971 Master's Thesis (6 hrs)
    5. Electives (9 hrs) at 5000 or above.*
    6. Thesis: Complete and defend the thesis and provide one bound copy of the completed thesis to the History Program and one bound copy to the FGCU Library. The production and style of these will follow established university guidelines.

      *Courses from outside of History may be substituted with the approval of the History Graduate Program Leader.

  2. Non-Thesis Option (36 hrs)

    1. HIS 6159 Historiography (3 hrs)
    2. Thirty-three (33) credit hours at the graduate level (5000 and above). A maximum of 18 credit hours can be selected from any one field. A maximum of 9 hours can be taken outside the History Program with approval of the faculty advisor.
    3. Take and successfully defend a comprehensive exam.

Fields of Study

In consultation with a faculty advisor, students will select appropriate courses from the following fields of study. The specific courses selected will depend on student interests, career goals, and selection of thesis or non-these option. Courses selected for the thesis field will serve as the foundation for development of the thesis.

  1. US History

    • AMH 6116 American Colonial History (3)
    • AMH 6139 Revolutionary America (3)
    • AMH 6155 US 1800-1860 (3)
    • AMH 6207 US History since 1929 (3)
    • AMH 6278 US in the Cold War (3)
    • AMH 6576 African-American History to 1865 (3)
    • AMH 6577 African-American History since 1865 (3)
    • AMH 6915 Research in American History (3)*
    • AMH 6939 Seminar in American History (3)*
    • HIS 5930 Special Topics (3)*
    • HIS 6004 Historical Pedagogies (3)
    • HIS 6905 Directed Readings (1-3)
    • HIS 6971 Master's Thesis (1-3)

  2. Public/State and Local History

    • AMH 6424 Modern Florida (3)
    • HIS 5930 Special Topics (3)*
    • HIS 6004 Historical Pedagogies (3)
    • HIS 6067 Public History (3)
    • HIS 6905 Directed Readings (1-3)*
    • HIS 6915 Research in Public History (3)
    • HIS 6939 Seminar in Public History (3)
    • HIS 6971 Master's Thesis (1-3)

  3. World History

    • ASH 6915 Research in Asian History (3)
    • ASH 6939 Seminar in Asian History (3)
    • EUH 6915 Research in European History (3)
    • EUH 6939 Seminar in European History (3)
    • HIS 5930 Special Topics (3)*
    • HIS 6004 Historical Pedagogies (3)
    • HIS 6445 Postcolonial Theories (3)
    • HIS 6905 Directed Readings (1-3)*
    • HIS 6971 Master's Thesis (1-3)
    • LAH 6137 Colonial Latin America (3)
    • LAH 6306 Modern Latin America (3)
    • LAH 6439 History of Mexico (3)
    • LAH 6475 Caribbean History (3)
    • LAH 6915 Research in Latin American History (3)
    • LAH 6939 Seminar in Latin American History (3)
    • WOH 6915 Research in World History (3)
    • WOH 6939 Seminar in World History (3)
    • Graduate courses with the prefixes ASH, EUH, LAH, and WOH

      *With appropriate topic


Additional Graduation Requirements
  1. Students must earn a grade of "B" or better in all graduate-level classes.
  2. All course work for the degree must be completed within five years of admission to the program. Extensions may be approved by the History Graduate Program Leader for extenuating circumstances.
  3. No more than 6 credits of HIS 6905 Directed Readings will be permitted. Additional hours may be permitted under exceptional circumstances with the approval of the History Graudate Program Leader.
  4. A maximum of 9 hours of cross-listed (undergraduate and graduate combined) courses.
  5. Students who have taken HIS 6971 Master's Thesis while pursuing the Thesis Option, and then change to the Non-Thesis Option may apply up to 6 hours of HIS 6971 to the appropriate Field of Study requirements with the approval of the History Graduate Program Leader.
  6. Graduate students may not take undergraduate courses for graduate credit.
  7. Graduate students who also serve as graduate assistants in the program must complete HIS 6004 Historical Pedagogies before they can serve as Teaching Assistants.
  8. Students will have a reading knowledge of one foreign language before graduating. Students may substitute a research methods class from outside the program, with the approval of the History Graduate Program Leader. Courses taken to fulfill the foreign language requirement do not count towards the degree.
Transfer Notes and Acceptable Substitutes

A maximum of 9 graduate semester credit hours of course work may be transferred from regionally accredited institutions, subject to approval of the faculty advisor.

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