The Department of History is one of the largest and most diverse departments at the University of North Alabama. The department offers a Master of Arts degree in History as well as a Master of Arts degree in Public History.
Our students are taught by outstanding teachers and scholars. The Department of History boasts numerous faculty with awards for their research and teaching. We are a department of active scholars and gifted teachers. Our areas of expertise include the United States, Latin America, and Europe, and cover diplomatic, political, military, religious, intellectual, social, and cultural history. Whatever your interests, you can likely explore them with us.
We are proud of our graduate students. They excel in school and beyond. As students, they are active in our discipline, routinely participating in Study Abroad, presenting their research at prestigious conferences, and serving in our community. As graduates, they have been accepted into prestigious Ph.D. programs, served as outstanding educators, and demonstrated to the public the value of history.
We hope you will join their dynamic number through the pursuit of graduate study at the University of North Alabama.
Earn an M.A. in History From Anywhere
If you’re pursuing a career in teaching history, or just want to further your intellectual and professional development, the M.A. in History at UNA offers an outstanding program, with an affordable price tag. Classes are taught on our historic campus located in an area rich with Civil Rights landmarks, Civil War battlegrounds, and the Trail of Tears route, or you may take classes online from your location.
Designed as a generalist program with an emphasis on U.S. history, UNA’s M.A. in History prepares graduates to teach at the secondary level and beyond. Courses are taught by highly qualified professors with numerous publications and a wide variety of research interests. Their expertise offers students a rich but attainable graduate experience.
Students may choose between Thesis and Non-Thesis options for the M.A. in History degree.
The M.A. in History prepares students to teach at the secondary level and beyond, pursue Ph.D. studies, and attain career or salary advancement or further study in fields of education, law, library science, journalism, seminary training, government, and business.
Master of Arts Degree in History requires a minimum of 33 semester hours of credit and includes the following core and options:
Core Courses of Study (15 hours)
HI 605 – Historiography and Methodology (3)
HI 611 – Seminar in U.S. History to 1877 (3)
HI 612 – Seminar in U.S. History Since 1877 (3)
HI 621 – Seminar in World History to 1815 (3)
HI 622 – Seminar in World History Since 1815 (3)
HI 698 – Comprehensive Exam (0)
Elective Courses of Study (18 hours)
Research Skill Requirement: M.A. in history requires a demonstration of research skills. Students satisfy the research skill requirement by successfully completing graduate coursework in foreign language reading proficiency or by the successful completion of a reading proficiency examination administered through the Department of Foreign Languages. A student may also satisfy the research skill requirement through the successful completion of upper-division coursework as approved by the graduate committee of the Department of History.
Total: 33 hours
Non-thesis option: students choosing the Non-Thesis Option must complete six hours of HI 640, Directed Research and Study in addition to the core and 12 additional semester hours of 500-600 level history electives. Comprehensive Examination: students choosing the non-thesis option must enroll in and satisfactorily complete HI 698, Comprehensive Exam.
HI 640 – Directed Research and Study (3-6)
Thesis option: students choosing the Thesis Option must complete a minimum of six semester hours of HI 695, Thesis, in addition to the core and 12 additional semester hours of 500-600 level history electives. Thesis Defense: students choosing the thesis option must enroll in and satisfactorily complete HI 699, Thesis Defense.
HI 695 – Thesis (3-6)
HI 699 – Thesis Defense (0)
General Requirements for all Graduate Programs
Official transcripts of credit—undergraduate or graduate—from the degree-granting institution. Additional transcript requirements may vary by the graduate program. (Students receiving financial aid may be required to submit official transcripts from each college previously attended, whether or not a degree was granted from that institution.)