MA Degree, History
Graduate Program Director: Dr. Amanda Miracle, email@example.com
This program may be pursued full time or part time during the academic year. A number of courses are offered in the evenings, online and during the summer to accommodate distance and part-time students.
Students may apply for admission and begin their coursework in any semester. No application deadlines exist, but early application in spring semester is encouraged.
Full-time students can apply for graduate teaching assistantships. Decisions are made for the entire academic year in the preceding spring semester; interested students should apply no later than March 15.
THE History M.A. Policy Manual & Guidelines COVERS ALL ASPECTS OF THE PROGRAM, INCLUDING APPLICATION PROCESSES. Prospective students are encouraged to browse the manual (in pdf format) before applying. (this page is under construction. Please contact the graduate coordinator for recent changes to the guidelines until the changes are posted here)
Graduate Courses for Fall 2014
HI740XA, Readings in Civil War America
Historical scholarship pertaining to the Civil War has moved in surprising new and innovative directions in the last few years. Thus, this course will examine what historians have had to say about the Civil War, focusing on a few areas: the causes of the war, the nature of combat, the experiences on the home front and how the era has been remembered, up to the present day. Students will seek to understand if social historians have truly lost the war and if new military history has anything to tell us about a period that has been dominated by lengthy military and battle studies covering each minute of major and minor battles and conflicts. We will also delve into the dark shadows of the Civil War by engaging the literature that explores suffering, damage, and destruction. By the conclusion of the semester, students will have a thorough grasp of the literature pertaining to the Civil War era in recent years and where Civil War studies are headed. At the same time, they will be asked to consider how methodologies utilized by historians can shape their own work, whether pertaining to the Civil War or any area of history. Graduate students will read a book or its equivalent per week (many times, you will have a choice from a few titles so you can select works that best fit your own historical interests or curiosities), rigorously participate in discussion boards and complete a large 20-25 final paper that assesses the readings of the course.
HI740XB, Readings: Normalcy & New Deal
The purpose of this class is to provide an opportunity for graduate students to read a variety of interpretations, including some primary source material, on the history of America in the 1920s and 1930s. The era under investigation was one where America became a modern society, embraced new gender relations and fought old religious and cultural battles. It was a time of remarkable, though uneven, prosperity with a major recession at the end. The 1930s was a time of major political, constitutional and economic change. By the end of the 1930s the New Deal, Franklin Roosevelt's effort to end the Depression, was dead and the nation was on its way into another war in Europe.
HI740XC, Country Folk & the Land
This course will focus upon:
- The interconnectedness people have had, and still have, with the land.
- The historical development of U.S. agriculture and its place within the historical context of our nation's history: how our nation's history has been influenced by and has influenced governmental policies, politics, science & technology, culture, social customs, settlement patterns,and the Folk themselves.
- How historical changes have changed agricultural methodologies and practices.
- How historical changes have changed and modified country folk's ways of thinking and rural life in general.
- The historical interaction of and the interplay of agriculture and the environment and their relationships to folk/humans.
- The roles of food, fiber, and animals in their relationship to humans.
This course is in a lecture and discussion seminar format.
HI815 Research Sem: World War I
An online research offering focusing on World War I. Students if they live out of state are encouraged to research a topic on how the war influenced either their state or community by relying on materials at local or state archives. If students live within driving distance to the Kansas State Historical Society and The National World War I Museum at the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, MO, a tour can be arranged at those facilities.
Archives and Museum Internship
History students who wish to pursue a career in archival or museum work may, with the approval of the MA advisor, include a 3-6 hour internship with the National Archives or other archives such as in a library or historical society. Internships are arranged by the MA advisor at a number of locations in Kansas and in the Kansas City area. Students have also found internships in Washngton D.C. and other areas outside the Midwest.
Dual Degree With Library & Information Management
History students may utilize some courses for one degree as electives on a second degree. The School of Library and Information Management and the History program have developed a cooperative degree program with the MA in History and the Master of Library Science which will allow students to apply a limited number of History hours on the MLS degree, and a limited number of Library hours to the MA in History. Students interested in obtaining dual degrees should discuss their plans with advisors in both programs in order to coordinate their schedules effectively. They may wish to inquire about assistantships or other financial aid in both programs.