The Department of History in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences offers a Master of Arts (M.A.), and a (Ph.D.) in Historical Archaeology, administered through the Anthropology Department and the History Department. The program's small size, about 15 students, allows our distinguished faculty members to provide premium, individualized instruction and a high level of personal attention. We offer the flexibility and guidance to help you define fields of study, tools of research, and other features to shape a graduate experience that best suits your academic interests and goals.
Our graduate programs:
- M.A. History – We offer both thesis and non-thesis degree programs. Your work toward an M.A. will stress research as well as a balanced course program for the in-depth study of history. The M.A. also is the basic degree required for teaching at the junior college level.
- Ph.D. Historical Archaeology – Our Ph.D. program will prepare you with the research and writing skills you need for a career in higher education.
Through interactions with peers, engaging class discussions and one-on-one time with professors, you’ll hone your research and critical thinking skills as you examine the past through many different lenses. You’ll study the sweep of human experience, spanning centuries, continents and cultures. You may specialize in:
- Modern Europe – Generally, this emphasis area covers cultural events since 1750.
- Modern U.S. – In this area, your courses will focus on the history of the United States since 1877.
- North American West (including the Pacific Northwest)
The program also has strengths in the fields of race and ethnicity, Native American cultures, Latin American cultures, labor, gender, religion, politics and international relations.
We offer interesting and unusual history courses to expand your horizons and to pique your interests. Some of our most popular courses include:
- Pirates of the Caribbean and Beyond
- The Medieval Church
- Public History
- Disease and Culture: History of Western Medicine
- Conspiracies and Secret Societies
- Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust
- Comparative Slavery and Emancipation