The Master of Science in History is a thirty-six semester credit hour degree that gives students the opportunity to develop a deep understanding and appreciation of historical phenomena, as well as valuable abilities such as analytical reasoning, qualitative and quantitative research experience, and excellent oral and written communication skills. Individuals who graduate with this degree are eligible to teach dual credit courses in high school (if they are certified to teach in public school) and they qualify for tenure-track faculty positions at community colleges, as well as non-tenure-track faculty positions at four-year universities. The Master of Science in History also provides a solid foundation for those who wish to pursue a Ph. D. in History.  Finally, the Master of Science in History is a degree that satisfies students who simply enjoy studying history and want to read and write about history. Our graduates have found success in Ph.D. programs, as university and college faculty members, teachers, private sector executives, and non-profit leaders.

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History students are typically interested in …

  • Understanding why things happen the way they do
  • Figuring out why people behave in certain ways
  • Finding connections between events and actions
  • Discussing how and why things happen

Featured Courses


HIST 500 - Historiography

Historiography is the study of the principles, theory, and history of historical writing. The first half of this course examines historiography in the broadest sense of the word, with students reading about different perspectives and schools of analysis. The second half of this course focuses on historiography in its narrower sense, requiring students to research a variety of approaches, methods, and interpretations employed by historians on a particular topic. Based on their historiographic and bibliographic research of a selected topic, students are required to write a paper.

HIST 510 - Knights and Samurai: Medieval Warrior Cultures

Warrior elites are common in the history of human societies, especially during the medieval period of Europe and Japan. Students will study the ideological, social, cultural, religious, and political influences on the development of these cultures and will gain an understanding of how they developed, flourished, and decayed.

HIST 535 - Crusades, Councils, and King Arthur: Europe in 1215

1215 was a seminal year in the history of Europe. Three broad trends in medieval history and culture all reached a confluence around this date: the signing of the Magna Carta, the Fourth Lateran Council, the crusading movement, and the writing of the Lancelot-Grail cycle. Students will examine how each of these events came to be in their effects. This will allow careful study of medieval governance and law for both kings and the medieval church, as well as the development of medieval culture and literature.

HIST 542 - Research in Local and Regional History

Students will design, conduct, and present a research project based on local and/or regional history.

HIST 551 - African American History

The experiences of African Americans are essential to the story of America, yet they have been marginalized in the past. In this class, we will focus on restoring these perspectives to American History.