Graduate Degrees in the Department of Social Sciences
The Department of Social Sciences offers the Master of Arts in History with thesis and non-thesis options, and, beginning in fall 2013, concentrations in Public History and Social Sciences Education. See below for brief descriptions.
For more information on graduate education at Emporia State, please visit the Graduate School webage.
You can also fill in an online form for more information on ESU's graduate programs.
Why get your graduate degree at ESU?
You'll get a quality education at a very reasonable price in a small department with large opportunities!
- Develop close relationships with faculty by working one on one and in small classes
- Focus on coursework in U.S. history from Colonial times to modern times (see faculty profiles here)
- Earn a dual degree with the School of Library and Information management
Our master's program provides opportunities often available only to doctoral students.
- Gain professional experience by attending conferences, giving presentations, and writing articles for publication.
- Full-time students may work as Graduate Teaching Assistants, gaining valuable teaching experience.
Take advantage of museum and archival internship opportunities.
MA interns have worked in archives and museums on campus, at local, state, and regional historical societies, at historical sites around the region, and in archives from Kansas City to Washington D.C. Internship coordinator is Dr. Joyce Thierer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAM
The MA degree in History is designed for history students with a wide variety of interests, including those intending to continue on for Ph.D. work in history; secondary education teachers interested in graduate work concentrating on history, political science, or geography; and those interested in a career in public history. Other students also may find the program suitable, depending on their individual aspirations. Alumni of the program currently work as historical site directors, museum curators, instructors at community colleges, and in a variety of other types of professions.
Coursework in the MA program concentrates on three types of learning. The first of these is simple factual knowledge of history: students should enter the program with good undergraduate preparation in this regard, but MA work should add depth in areas of specialty and breadth in other areas. The second type of learning is historiographic: students learn how historians have interpreted the historical record and given it meaning through time. The third is methodological: students should learn how to conduct original research and compose the historical essay, as well as other conventional forms of scholarly writing in history.
Beginning in fall 2013, the MAT in Social Sciences has been merged with the MA History degree and is now the Social Sciences Concentration. The concentration allows students to specialize in American history, world history, geography, political science, anthropology, sociology, and economics in their master's-level studies. The concentration emphasizes mastery of the methods of teaching the social sciences within the professional educational context, with the aim of developing candidates' skills as Critical Thinkers, Creative Planners, and Effective Practitioners. The program prepares candidates for enhanced classroom performance by supporting state learning and assessment standards, integrating technology in the classroom, and advancing professional development.