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 Reed 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

As of spring 2013, the History Department offers three MA degree plans:

  1. The Research Plan: A total of 30 units of academic credit including at least 24 of formal coursework and 6 units for the research, writing, and oral defense of an approved thesis.  This plan includes the 6 unites listed above, 12 units in a major field, plus 6 units in a secondary field.  Note that 3 units must be in a research seminar.
  2. The Extended Coursework Plan: A total of 30 units of academic credit of formal coursework, including 6 units of required courses, 15 units in a major field and 9 units in a second field.   The student must pass a comprehensive final exam on the coursework.  Note that 3 units must be in a research seminar.
  3. The Extended Coursework Plan with a Public History Emphasis Plan: A total of 30 units of academic credit, including 6 units of required courses, 15 units in a major field, and 9 units of prescribed public history units.    The student must pass a comprehensive exam on their major field and produce an approved portfolio for the public history portion.  Note that 3 units must be in a research seminar.

Link to the MA program of study form. 

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.