Department of History
The University of Houston
524 Agnes Arnold Hall
Houston, TX 77204-3003
Public History M.A. Non-Thesis Track
This track matches the Plan II track in credit hours and omits, like Plan II, 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.
The recommended timetable for this thirty-six (36) hour degree is as follows:
First Semester, 9 hours.
In addition to taking 9 hours decided in consultation with a faculty advisor, students should:
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 two of the following: public history research seminar, public history reading seminar, and public history methodology course by the end of their first year. The remaining courses will be chosen according to students’ individual program requirements and the available course offerings.
Third Semester, 9 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. Students should also complete their internships by this semester.
Fourth Semester, 9 hours.
In addition to taking 9 hours decided in consultation with a faculty advisor, students must successfully complete their oral examination for the M.A. degree.
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 pass an oral examination on their coursework.
In consultation with the Public History Coordinator, the student will indicate a major area of study from one of the following: United States, European, Latin American, or Transnational history, and complete at least two methodology courses.
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.