Sep 30, 2020  
2012-2013 Graduate Bulletin 
    
2012-2013 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History (War and Society), M.A.


Master’s Programs


Admission Requirements

For admission to the master’s program, the department requires a 3.0 minimum grade point average in undergraduate study, GRE general test scores, transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a statement of academic objectives (500 to 1,000 words), and an example of written work (up to 20 pages). Letters of recommendation should be from people qualified to assess the applicant’s readiness for graduate study. Normally, applicants will have been undergraduate majors or minors in History.

Students with perceived academic deficiencies may be admitted conditionally. To remove the conditional status, students must meet Graduate School requirements, which are described in the Admission Requirements section of the Bulletin, and they must satisfy all additional requirements stipulated by the chair and director of Graduate Studies.

In addition to the Graduate School criteria for regular admission, students whose native language is not English must score at least 550 on the TOEFL Examination (213 on the computer-based examination). The department presumes that applicants who have fulfilled these requirements possess an adequate knowledge of English. If, upon their arrival at the university, it is determined that they do not possess an adequate command of English, the department reserves the right to require appropriate remedial courses.

Members of all underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Retention Policy

The Department of History has a retention policy more stringent than the general policy of the graduate school. The department’s policy is published in its Handbook. Students should consult the Handbook for a description of the policy.

Continuous Enrollment Requirement: Students must meet the requirement specified in the front section of this Bulletin.

Responsible Conduct of Research Training:

All faculty holding Regular or Associate graduate faculty status, must complete RCR training modules required by the Graduate School and their departments. All graduate students must complete the RCR training modules required by the Graduate School and their departments the first semester they are enrolled in graduate school. The RCR policy and training information are found on the Graduate School web page – www.usm.edu/graduateschool. Contact the Dean of the Graduate School if you have any questions regarding the policy of training information.

Master of Arts


All students are expected to successfully complete the following requirements:

  1. A total of thirty (30) semester hours in History with twenty-one (21) hours in courses numbered over 600. A 3.0 GPA is required for graduation. Only one HIS 692  will count toward the degree.
  2. Plan of Study. Students must submit their signed, official Plan of Study Form to the Graduate School by the end of the first semester they are enrolled. The Plan of Study Forms are available at www.usm.edu/graduateschool/planofstudy.php - click on the "Plans of Study" link.
  3. HIS 710  at its first offering by the department.
  4. HIS 725  and HIS 726  for those concentrating in United States History; HIS 720  and an additional seminar for those in European History; HIS 781  and HIS 782  for those in Latin American History.
  5. HIS 711  or HIS 712  depending on the emphasis area. Students whose major field is Latin American History will take HIS 711  unless otherwise advised by the dean of Graduate School.
  6. A reading knowledge of one foreign language. Students in Latin American History must have a reading knowledge of either Spanish or Portuguese.
  7. A thesis, which will confer six (6) hours credit within the minimum hourly requirements.
  8. A comprehensive written examination.
  9. A thesis defense is required.

Emphasis Areas


The Department of History offers the following areas of emphasis for the master of arts and master of science degrees:

  1. United States History
  2. European History
  3. Latin American History
  4. International Studies
  5. War and Society

In the comprehensive examination, all master’s students must demonstrate proficiency in one primary area of emphasis and one secondary area. Two members of the examining committee will represent the primary area, and one member will represent the secondary area. A list of approved secondary emphasis areas is available in the department's handbook. The nature and scope of the material to be included from each area will be determined by the graduate committee.

The M.A. student should successfully complete fifteen (15) hours of course work in the primary area and six (6) hours in the secondary area in addition to HIS 710  and the 6 hours of thesis work.

The M.A. thesis must be written in the primary emphasis area. A student may write a thesis in Asian or African History if permission to do so is granted by the department.

The M.S. student should take eighteen (18) hours of course work in the primary area and nine (9) hours in the secondary area in addition to HIS 710 .

Students planning to pursue a doctoral degree must write a thesis and should enroll in the M.A. program.

Master of Arts or Master of Science, War and Society Emphasis


This program is intended for graduate students in History with a war and society orientation. Students must complete the following requirements:

  1. Successful completion of thirty-three (33) semester hours (18 hours of 600 level or higher) as follows:
    1. Twelve (12) hours of core courses: HIS 710 , HIS 711  or HIS 712 ; HIS 720 HIS 725  or HIS 726 ; and HIS 722 .
    2. At least twelve (12) hours of War and Society content courses selected from the following: HIS 502 , HIS 514 , HIS 516 , HIS 517 , HIS 530 , HIS 532 , HIS 533 , HIS 537 , HIS 556 , HIS 558 , HIS 561 , HIS 563 , HIS 565 , HIS 566 , HIS 573 , HIS 574 HIS 585  (may be repeated for a total of 9 hours), HIS 599 HIS 736  (may be repeated for a total of 9 hours), HIS 774 , HIS 799 .

      Depending on the course topic, these classes might also be acceptable. The permission of the department's graduate coordinator is needed to use these courses: HIS 578 , HIS 579 , HIS 580 , HIS 581 , HIS 582 , HIS 583 , HIS 731 , HIS 732 , HIS 733 , HIS 734 , HIS 735 , HIS 740 , HIS 745 , HIS 772 , HIS 773 .
    3. Six (6) hours of minor field coursework in history. If the minor field is in American or European History, the historiography course from requirement AIII above may count as three (3) of these minor field credit hours.
  2. Plan of Study. Students must submit their signed, official Plan of Study Form to the Graduate School by the end of the first semester they are enrolled. The Plan of Study Forms are available at www.usm.edu/graduateschool/planofstudy.php - click on the "Plans of Study" link.
  3. Students seeking a master of arts degree must write and defend a thesis, which will confer six (6) hours of credit within the minimum hourly requirements.
  4. A reading knowledge of one foreign language.
  5. During the final year of study, the student will take a comprehensive written examination.
  6. A 3.0 GPA is required for graduation.

Dual Master’s Degrees in History and Library and Information Science


In cooperation with the School of Library and Information Science, the Department of History offers a combined program leading to two master’s degrees: master in Library and Information Science and master of arts in History. Students will pursue both degrees simultaneously, and neither degree will be awarded until the entire program is completed. Students who withdraw from the dual master’s program in favor of one of the two disciplines will be bound by the degree requirements of that discipline. The combined program includes thirty (30) hours in Library and Information Science and thirty (30) hours in History for a total of sixty (60) hours. Students in the combined program must complete the following requirements:

  1. Thirty (30) hours in Library and Information Science (18 hours at the 600 level or above).
  2. Plan of Study. Students must submit their signed, official Plan of Study Form to the Graduate School by the end of the first semester they are enrolled. The Plan of Study Forms are available at www.usm.edu/graduateschool/planofstudy.php - click on the "Plans of Study" link.
  3. Thirty (30) hours in History (18 hours at the 600 level or above). Only one HIS 692  will count toward the degree.
  4. HIS 710  at its first offering by the department.
  5. HIS 720 , HIS 725 , HIS 726 , HIS 781 , or HIS 782 .
  6. One of the following seminars: HIS 711 , HIS 712 , HIS 732 , or HIS 745 .
  7. Six (6) hours of internship.
  8. A reading knowledge of one foreign language.
  9. A thesis, which will confer six (6) hours credit, three in History and three in Library and Information Science; thesis defense is required.
  10. A comprehensive written examination administered by a three-member committee representing both disciplines and given after satisfactory completion of the course work.
  11. A 3.0 GPA is required for graduation.

Students should refer to the Library and Information Science  section of this Bulletin for further details.

Dual Master’s Degrees in History and Anthropology


In cooperation with the Department of Anthropology, the Department of History offers a combined program leading to two master’s degrees: master of arts in Anthropology and master of arts in History. Students will pursue both degrees simultaneously, and neither degree will be awarded until the entire program is completed. Students who withdraw from the dual master’s program in favor of one of the two disciplines will be bound by the degree requirements of that discipline. The combined program includes thirty (30) hours in Anthropology and thirty (30) hours in History for a total of sixty (60) hours. Students in the combined program must complete the following requirements:

  1. Thirty (30) hours in anthropology (18 hours at the 600 level or above).
  2. Plan of Study. Students must submit their signed, official Plan of Study Form to the Graduate School by the end of the first semester they are enrolled. The Plan of Study Forms are available at www.usm.edu/graduateschool/planofstudy.php - click on the "Plans of Study" link.
  3. Thirty (30) hours in History (18 hours at the 600 level or above). Only one HIS 692  will count toward the degree.
  4. HIS 710  at its first offering by the department.
  5. HIS 720 , HIS 725 , HIS 726 , HIS 781 , or HIS 782 .
  6. One of the following seminars: HIS 711 , HIS 712 , HIS 732 , or HIS 745 .
  7. Six (6) hours of internship.
  8. Three (3) or six (6) hours of the following: HIS 605 , HIS 606 .
  9. ANT 537 .
  10. A reading knowledge of one foreign language.
  11. A thesis, which will confer six (6) hours credit, three in History and three in Anthropology; thesis defense is required.
  12. A comprehensive written examination administered by a three-member committee representing both disciplines and given after satisfactory completion of the course work.
  13. A 3.0 GPA is required for graduation.

Students should refer to the Anthropology  section of this Bulletin for further details.