Degree Requirements

Master of Arts in Public History

COURSE WORK: Thirty (30) semester hours of credit is required, including the following courses:

  1. History 6381: Readings in Public History (3 credits)
  2. History 6382: Research in Public History (3 credits)
  3. One of the following methodology courses (or an agreed upon alternative from outside the department) (3 credits):
    • History 6380: The Uses of Quantitative Methods by Historians
    • History 6383: Topics in Public History (topics vary)
    • History 6384: Oral History History 6387: Historical Archives and Records Management
    • History 6388: The Material Evidence of History
  4. Nine (9) semester hours of course work in a major field. (United States, European, or Latin American History)
    In consultation with the Director of the Center for Public History, the student will select an appropriate set of courses in the major field.
  5. History 6651: Public History Internship (6 credits)
  6. History 6399: Master's Thesis (6 credits)
    The thesis committee will conduct an oral examination in defense of the thesis after the student has completed the final draft.
  7. Foreign language requirement: Before a student can be approved for degree candidacy, he or she must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language relevant to the major area. Course credit in a foreign language does not count toward the hours required to complete the degree.

    A quantitative option may be substituted for the foreign language requirement. After consultation with the Director of CPH, the student may petition the Graduate Director, and if approved, must complete two (2) courses from a list of courses approved by the department with grades of B or better.

    Note: With the permission of the Graduate Director, each student may enroll in not more than six (6) hours of special problems courses. The Graduate Director also may approve up to six (6) hours of course work in another department.

Non-thesis Track MA

The History Department and the Center for Public History now offers Plan II (b) Public History Non-thesis Track. This non-thesis track matches the Plan III track in credit hours and omits, like Plan III, the language requirement. It provides an alternative to Plan II for some students wanting more coursework as a replacement for writing a thesis. (However, as one of the additional courses, a student can opt to write a research paper based on original scholarship.) In consultation with the Public History Coordinator, the student will indicate a major area of study from one of the following: United States, European, or Latin American history, and complete at least two methodology courses.

COURSE WORK: Thirty-six (36) hours of credit in graduate-level (6000) courses are required, including the following:

  • History 6381: Readings in Public History (3 credits)
  • History 6382: Research in Public History (3 credits)
  • Two methodology courses (6 credit total) drawn from the following list or an alternative through consultation with the Public History Coordinator:
    • History 6380: The Uses of Quantitative Methods by Historians
    • History 6383: Topics in Public History
    • History 6384: Oral History History 6387
    • History 6387: Historical Archives and Records Management
    • History 6388: The Material Evidence of History
  • Twelve (12) credits of course work in the student’s major field.
  • History 6651: Public History Internship (6 credits)
  • A supervised work experience in Public History, ordinarily in a private business, government agency, museum, community organization, or historical society usually in the Houston-Galveston metropolitan region. The typical internship will require half-time work (20 hours per week) for one semester. Each internship must be approved and supervised by the Public History Coordinator.
  • Minor field (6 credits) or two of the following:
    • Additional methodology course (3 credits)
    • Additional major field course (3 credits)
    • Research paper/project (3 credits)
  • Oral Examination

    A committee of three faculty will conduct an oral examination on the courses completed. (If a student’s defense is not considered satisfactory, he/she may repeat the examination only once.) The committee will designate the student’s achievement by awarding one of three grades: Pass with Distinction, Pass, or Fail.