Department of History
The University of Houston
524 Agnes Arnold Hall
Houston, TX 77204-3003
M.A. Thesis Track
For full time students, the recommended timetable for this thirty (30) hour degree is as follows:
First Semester, 9 hours.
In addition to taking 9 hours decided in consultation with a faculty advisor, students should:
- Pass the foreign language requirement
- Decide on a minor field.
Second Semester, 9 hours.
Regardless of how students arrange their courses in their first two semesters, all students will be expected to complete a research seminar, at least one historiography course, at least one major field course, and at least one minor field course by the end of their first year. The remaining two courses will be chosen according to students’ individual program requirements and the available course offerings. Additionally, students should determine topics for their M.A. theses during the first year of coursework.
Third Semester, 9 hours if TAing, otherwise 6 hours.
In addition to taking 6 or 9 hours decided in consultation with a faculty advisor, students should by the end of this semester have in place a committee for their theses.
Fourth Semester, 9 hours if TAing, otherwise 6 hours.
In addition to taking 6 or 9 hours decided in consultation with a faculty advisor, students must successfully defend their M.A. theses.
Regardless of how students arrange their courses in their first two years, we expect all students by the end of their second year to complete all coursework and defend their theses.
Each student must declare a major area of study, selecting from United States, European, Latin American, or Transnational history. Within the major area, each student must also develop an intensive knowledge of one field, selected from the following:
- Hellenistic History, 330-30 B.C.
- Early Middle Ages
- High Middle Ages
- Late Middle Ages
- English Legal and Constitutional
- Early Modern England
- Early Modern European Intellectual History
- Ancient Regime and Revolutionary France
- Modern Britain & Empire
- 19th Century Europe
- Modern Germany
- Modern France
- Modern European Social and Women’s History
- Modern European Intellectual
- Latin America to 1825
- Latin America since 1825
- United States to 1877
- United States since 1877
Specific field definitions for M.A. work in Transnational history will be determined in consultation with the prospective thesis committee, subject to approval by the Director of Graduate Studies. Examples of what might be attempted in this field include America and the world; the Atlantic World; comparative history involving study of two or more countries, regions, or continents; energy and the environment; gender; immigration history; international relations; the Pacific Rim; and race and ethnicity. Students may base their Transnational work in any of the regions where the department has faculty resources: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, or the United States.
For a complete description of all program requirements and policies, please downlaod a pdf of the Graduate Student Handbook. The material on this website constitutes a brief introduction to the program and a full description of the application process.