Feb 23, 2024  
Spring 2020 Catalog 
Spring 2020 Catalog FINAL VERSION - Closed for Revisions

Education-General, M.S.E. with History Concentration

This graduate program is administered by the Department of History and International Studies - Graduate Program .


In consultation with your adviser, plan a program that best meets your professional needs. If you wish, you may specialize in a specific field of history.

For full information on this degree, see the section on Education - Graduate Program . As part of the 21 credits toward this degree in your area of subject content or specialization, you may take history credits under the professional option. Under the liberal arts option, you may take up to 21 credits in history.

After consulting with your education and history advisers, you determine your Program of Study in your area of specialization. If you wish to make exceptions to these history requirements, the history chair, graduate committee, and graduate program coordinator must approve them.

Culminating experience

Thesis option

If you choose to write the thesis, select a topic in consultation with your adviser and inform the graduate coordinator. After you submit the completed thesis, take an oral examination on it conducted by your thesis adviser and two other members of your department chosen by your adviser in consultation with you. Your adviser and one other member of your committee must approve both your thesis and your responses. You must also take a written comprehensive examination consisting of one question in education. For further information on the thesis, contact the History and International Studies  Department Office.

Research paper/comprehensive exam option

If you choose to submit a research paper, you must also take a written comprehensive examination in history and education. If your degree is in history, you must display thorough factual and bibliographical knowledge of at least one area of history. If your degree is in history with a social science concentration, you must display the same knowledge of one area of history and one social science. In addition, you must write two comprehensive questions for the component of the MST in the School of Education .

Portfolio option

The third option for the culminating experience consists of the creation of a professional portfolio compiled under the supervision of a committee chaired by one department member whom you select, the graduate coordinator, and a third member of the department. The portfolio will consist of three parts:

  1. A resume and a statement of your teaching philosophy.
  2. Academic materials (exams, papers, book reviews, etc.) produced in your graduate history courses.
  3. A detailed course proposal and sample of accompanying materials (i.e., lectures, in-class exercises, and homework assignments) that emerges out of your graduate coursework in history.

In addition, you must write two comprehensive questions for the component of the MST in the School of Education .