Department of History
The University of Houston
524 Agnes Arnold Hall
Houston, TX 77204-3003
Public History 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, and
- 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. Additionally, students should determine a topic 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.
The student must indicate a major area of study from one of the following: United States, European, Latin American, or Transnational history. Each public history student will select an appropriate set of courses in the major field in consultation with the Public History Coordinator.
For a complete description of all program requirements and policies, please downlaod a pdf of the Graduate Student Handbook. The mterial on this website constitutes a brief introduction to the program and a full description of the application process.