Program of Study

Major and minor fields and required courses.

Major and Minor Fields

Each graduate student will define their Major and Minor Fields in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies and their academic advisor before registering for their second semester of course work.

Available Major Fields:

  • United States
  • Europe
  • Comparative World (regional or comparative study of a region outside of the United States or Europe such as the Middle East, Latin America; a brief, separate proposal is required)
  • Public History

 

Available Minor Fields:

  • Africa
  • Ancient and Medieval World
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • Middle East
  • Military History
  • Public History
  • Religion & Culture
  • United States
  • Women’s and Gender History

 

Required Course(s)

  • All graduate students have to take History 605: Research Methods and Materials (one-hour graduate course), offered every Fall semester. This course will cover the basics of historiography, locating and critically analyzing primary and secondary documents, planning and executing large research projects, and other basics.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to take History 605 in their first Fall semester of enrollment. Students must receive a B or better in this course. If a student’s final grade is a B- or below, they will be required to repeat the course. If a student fails to achieve a B or better in this course more than twice, s/he will be subject to dismissal from the program.
  • Students with a Major Field in Public History also have to take HIST 697: Introduction to Public History (three-hour graduate course), and HIST 608: Practicum (three-hour graduate course). For more information see Public History at the University of Louisville.

Required Course(s)

  • All graduate students have to take History 605: Research Methods and Materials (one-hour graduate course)
    offered every Fall semester. This course will cover the basics of historiography, locating and critically analyzing primary and secondary documents, planning and executing large research projects, and other basics.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to take History 605 in their first Fall semester of enrollment.Students must receive a B or better in this course. If a student’s final grade is a B- or below, they will be required to repeat the course. If a student fails to achieve a B or better in this course more than twice, s/he will be subject to dismissal from the program.
  • Students with a Major Field in Public History also have to take HIST 697: Introduction to Public History (three-hour graduate course), and HIST 608: Practicum (three-hour graduate course). For more information see Public History at the University of Louisville.

 

Exam or Thesis Option

The History Department offers a Thesis or Exam option to obtain the M.A. in History. Students pursuing the Thesis option finish their studies with a M.A. thesis after completing all course work. Students pursuing the Exam option finish their studies with an M.A. Exam after completing all course work.

 

Credit Hours

  • Thesis option: 31 credit hours (15 to 18 hours in the Major field; 6 to 9 hours in the Minor field; 1 hour in Hist 605; and 6 hours of thesis preparation)
  • Exam option: 34 credit hours (18 to 21 hours in their major field; 9-12 hour in their minor field; 1 hour in 605)

 

Course Work Outside the History Department

Students have the option of taking up to 6 hours of course work outside of the Department. Those hours must be directly relevant to the student's academic program, and can be taken only with the consent of the Director of Graduate Studies. In a student's approved graduate program, no Pass-Fail courses will apply, unless the History Department itself creates Graduate Pass-Fail courses.

 

Independent Studies/Directed Reading Courses

No more than 6 hours of Directed Studies or Independent Studies (601-602, 501-502) will be allowed in a student's approved program.

 

Foreign Languages

For M.A.-level work in certain areas of knowledge of one or more foreign languages or knowledge of other specialized research tools may be required.

 

Satisfactory Progress and Good Standing

  • All students are expected to make steady and satisfactory progress toward the completion of degrees. Students who are not enrolled for a period of more than 12 months will be considered to have withdrawn from the program. For further information, see the Graduate Catalog.
  • Whenever any student's cumulative quality-point total falls below 3.00, the student will be placed on academic probation until the student regains a 3.0 average or is dismissed. Students are ordinarily not permitted to continue on academic probation for more than one semester.
  • Failure of non-degree students to maintain a 2.00 average will result in termination.

Accelerated BA/MA Program

This program allows University of Louisville undergraduate history majors to take up to 6 credits of graduate work which can then be applied to completion of the History MA. Undergraduates must apply to this program no later than the end of their junior year. See here for further information.