Graduate Program

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The History Graduate Program

The History Department’s graduate program provides grounding in the historical discipline and fosters comparative/world history perspectives, while also giving students the flexibility to specialize in their area of interest.  Areas of specialization may be regional and/or thematic, and should correspond with the following fields:

  • North American Borderlands/West
  • United States
  • Indigenous Peoples/Native Americans
  • Europe
  • Asia
  • Latin America
  • Global/Comparative
  • Environment & Health
  • Colonialism and Nationalism
  • Class, Race, & Ethnicity
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Public History (secondary emphasis only)

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Current graduate student Jack Reid examines the history of hitchhiking in American Society and culture spanning the Great Depression era through President Ronald Reagan’s two terms in office, and analyzes the values and perceptions associated with the practice in order to understand the changes in its popularity through the decades. More broadly, this project helps to understand how the economic, political, and cultural climate of a given era intersects with contemporary notions of freedom, mobility, individualism, trust, cooperation, and fear. 

Master of Arts in History Degree

The Master of Arts in History requires the successful completion of one of four tracks, each of which is 30 units of academic credit and requires successful completion of Historiography and Methodology (HIS 600), Research and Writing (HIS 602), and a course in either Comparative or World History (HIS 550 or HIS 560).

  1. The Research Track: A total of 30 units of academic credit including at least 24 of formal course work and 6 units for the research, writing, and oral defense of an approved thesis. This plan includes the 9 units listed above, 9 additional units in a primary field, 6 additional units in a secondary field, plus 6 units of thesis research.
  2. The Public History Research Track: A total of 30 units of academic credit including at least 27 of formal course work and 3 units for the research, writing, and oral defense of an approved thesis. This plan includes the 9 units listed above, 9 additional units in a primary field, 9 prescribed Public History units, plus 3 units of thesis research.
  3. The Extended Coursework Track: A total of 30 units of academic credit of formal course work, including the 9 units listed above, 12 additional units in a primary field, and 9 additional units in a second field. The student must pass comprehensive exams (including both written and oral components) over the course work in their fields. If a student chooses to complete a cognate area, the allocation of coursework includes the 9 units listed above, 9 additional units in a primary field, 6 additional units in a secondary field, and 6 additional units in a cognate field.
  4. The Extended Coursework with Public History Track: A total of 30 units of academic credit, including the 9 units listed above, 12 additional units in a primary field, and the 9 prescribed Public History units. The student must pass a comprehensive exam (including both written and oral components) on their primary field and produce an approved portfolio for the public history portion.

Link to the official Master's in History program of study form
Link to the MA guide to the program of study.

Academic Catalog for History, Master of Arts

Visit the Master of Arts in History section of the academic catalog to learn more about the requirements for a Masters in History. The NAU academic catalog is the official, authoritative source for all academic requirements and policies. Any discrepancies in curricular requirements from other sources will default to the catalog as the official, authoritative source.

Applying to the Master of Arts in History

Students interested in applying for the Master of Arts in History program need to include the following materials:
  • Letter of Intent
  • Application to the Graduate College
  • Writing Sample
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores
  • Unofficial Undergraduate Transcripts
Students interested in applying for Graduate Teaching Assistantships will also need to complete the Teaching Assistant Application and provide three letters of recommendation (if applicable). 
Interested students can access the Graduate College Application and further information on the application process at Apply Now.