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George Santayana wrote, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." History provides knowledge for unlocking all other realms of human development. The study of history provides a solid foundation not only for history and social studies education majors, but for careers in law, business, government, international relations, journalism, library services and museums, to name but a few.

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    Graduate History Program

    Link to University Graduate Studies page

    Application Procedures

    Master of Arts

    The M.A. program in History is designed to prepare students for pursuits requiring a historical background. Students who are interested in teaching careers, in preparation for doctoral programs, and in participation in professional internships such as library, museum, or archival work, can design a program to suit their needs.

    Applicants for the M.A. program in History should submit an application to EWU Graduate Studies (see Application Procedures link above) and:

    (1) An official transcript from an accredited college or university which has awarded the student a baccalaureate degree. At least a 3.00 (B) average is normally expected, although most applicants have a higher GPA. Applicants are expected to have a background in history.

    (2) A substantial writing sample reflecting serious academic effort.

    (3) A one-page personal statement on career plans and interest in pursuing graduate studies in history.

    (4) Letters of recommendation from two individuals familiar with the applicant's academic work or other experience relevant to historical training.

    (5) Although the GRE test score is not required from an applicant, the graduate director may request one under certain conditions. 

    Deadlines for admission to the M.A. program in History:

    Fall Quarter (April 1); Winter Quarter (November 15) and Spring Quarter (February 15).

    After Admission to the graduate program, candidates will complete at least sixty (60) credits of course work, five (5) to fifteen (15) credit hours may be History 600, Thesis or History 601, Research Report. No more than twenty (20) credits of course work may be taken at the 400-level. Undergraduate EWU history courses included in a master's program must be taught by the graduate faculty of the History Department. The student's program and choice of courses must be approved by the department program advisor. All candidates must take the master's oral examination. In addition, candidates will either complete a master's thesis, a research report in lieu of thesis, or take written examinations over their two fields, which are explained in the next paragraph. The oral examination and the thesis, research report, or written examinations will be completed during the student's final quarter of graduate study. All courses included in the student's graduate program must be completed with a grade of 3.0 or higher.

    Prior to selecting a thesis topic, research report topic, or two fields of specialization, graduate students shall acquire historiographic background by completing History 501, Introduction to Historical Studies and four (4) reading courses. Note: History 550, History 590, History 598, History 599, History 600, History 601 and History 694 are not readings courses. Students are also required to complete History 550, Graduate Research Seminar and History 598, Graduate Writing Seminar. Note that History 550 is a prerequisite for History 598. History 550 and History 598 must be completed before a student can be advanced to candidacy. Only students who are passed to candidacy can take History 600 or History 601. Further specialization for the master's degree includes preparation of one of the following: 1) two fields (normally selected from two of the readings courses) plus an additional ten credits of History 599, Independent Study/Reading or other approved course work, or 2) a Thesis, or Research Report. Special professional internship programs in library, museum, and archival work are available. These must be arranged with the department and have graduate committee approval. Public History students are required to fulfill all of the requirements of the M.A. described above.

    A research report may be substituted for the thesis requirement. Students interested in the public history field should contact the graduate program advisor as early as possible. Finally, all students who receive a grade below 3.0 more than once will be dropped from the History M.A. program.

    What will I study?

    Degree Requirements

    Common Requirements and Credit Hours

    Required Core

    HIST 501 Introduction to Historical Studies (5)
    HIST 550 Graduate Research Seminar (5)
    HIST 598 Graduate Writing Seminar (5)
    Four (4) Graduate Readings Courses (20)
    Further Specialization
    Preparation of two fields or HIST 600 Thesis or HIST 601 Research Project electives

    Total required core credits 35 credits
    Minimum total required further specialization credits 5 - 15 credits
    Minimum Total elective credits 10 - 20 credits
    Minimum total credits for above Master's Degree 60 credits

    Graduate History Courses

    Public History Concentration

    Contact Information

    Michael F. Conlin, Graduate Director
    Patterson Hall 103-L
    Cheney, WA 99004

    phone: 509.359.7851

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