Course of Study

NON-THESIS TRACK

1) Earn 30 credits of coursework (10 courses) maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.0. All students are required to take HIST B0000: Historical Methods and Historiography, for which they should register as early as possible.

2) While taking courses, identify those in which you would like to write your two field papers. Seek approval from the instructor of each course for the submission and certification of a field paper of approximately 20 pages. Upon their acceptance of the field paper, each instructor should be asked to complete and return to the student a “Certification of Completion of Field Paper Requirement,” available under the “Forms” tab on this site. For information about departmental standards for the field paper, see the “Field Paper Guidelines” on this site.

3) At the beginning of the semester in which you plan to graduate, apply for graduation with the Registrar’s Office. BE CAREFUL TO NOTE THE DEADLINE FOR APPLYING, which is listed on the Academic Calendar.

4) To file for graduation with the Department, obtain, complete, and submit to the Director of Graduate Studies:

A) The “Clearance Form/Non-Thesis Track,” available under the “Forms” tab on this site; 

B) The two certified field papers; and

C) The signed "Certification of Completion of Field Paper Requirement" for each paper. These materials must be received by the Director of Graduate Studies for approval at least one week before the Humanities Division's deadline for the filing for graduation. For the Divisional deadline, see the “Graduation Checklist” on the site of the Humanities Division.

 

THESIS TRACK

1) Earn 27 credits of coursework (9 courses) maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.0. All students are required to take HIST B0000: Historical Methods and Historiography, for which they should register as early as possible. In addition to this course work, students must register and earn credit for HIST B9900 Thesis Research [3 Credits].

2) While taking courses, students should identify a thesis adviser, based upon their area of study. As a rule of thumb, students should work toward identifying an adviser by the time they have earned 15-18 credits and, in consultation with their adviser, identify a second reader for their thesis.

3) To register for HIST B9900: Thesis Research, students must first write a thesis prospectus under the guidance of their adviser. The completion and approval of the thesis prospectus is a prerequisite for registration in Thesis Research. For information about the prospectus, see the tab titled "Thesis Guidelines" on this site. Register for HIST B9900 "Thesis Research" by completing the "Request for Independent Study" with your adviser, who arranges for its delivery to the Registrar. For information about the master’s thesis, see the tab titled “Thesis Guidelines” on this site.

4) At the beginning of the semester in which you plan to graduate, apply for graduation with the Registrar’s Office. BE CAREFUL TO NOTE THE DEADLINE FOR APPLYING, which is listed on the Academic Calendar

5) Submit the thesis to both readers well before the Humanities Division's deadline for the filing for graduation. For the Divisional deadline, see the “Graduation Checklist” on the site of the Humanities Division. Upon their acceptance of the thesis, each thesis reader should be asked to sign and return to the student the “Certification of Completion of Master’s Thesis Requirements,” available under the “Forms” tab on this site.

6) To file for graduation with the Department, obtain, complete and submit to the Director of Graduate Studies:

A) The “Clearance Form/Thesis Track,” available under the “Forms” tab on this site;

B) Your thesis prospectus;  

C) The “Certification” of your master’s thesis; and

D) A copy of the certified thesis. These materials must be received by the Director of Graduate Studies for approval at least one week before the Humanities Division's deadline for the filing for graduation. Once approved, the thesis must be uploaded by the student to Academic Works before the Humanities Division's deadline for the filing for graduation. For the Divisional deadline, see the “Graduation Checklist” on the site of the Humanities Division.