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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
History Department

Graduate Programs

Page address: http://sbs.mnsu.edu/history/programs/graduate/

Graduate Coordinator Contact Information:

Melodie Andrews
Department of History, AH 110
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Mankato, MN 56001

Phone: 507-389-1618
Email: melodie.andrews@mnsu.edu

M.A. and M.S. Plans

 History MA

(Thesis Plan - 30 credits)

Common Core:

Reading Seminars (Choose  at least one of the following) 

  • HIST 600  Reading Seminar in European History (3)
  • HIST 602  Reading Seminar in Third World History (3)
  • HIST 604  Reading Seminar in United States History (3)

Research Seminars (Choose at least one of the following)

  • HIST 608  Research Seminar in European History (3)
  • HIST 609  Research Seminar in Third World History (3)
  • HIST 610  Research Seminar in United States History (3)

Total: 12 Credits

Minimum Department of History electives* (not counting Thesis): 15 credits

(*May substitute 6 non-History credits if approved by advisor and department graduate coordinator)

Thesis requirement:

  • HIST 699 1-6 credits

Minimum number of credits required: 30 credits

Also Required for MA:
 Knowledge of a foreign language acceptable to the Department of History Graduate Committee must be demonstrated by completion of a college level sequence of one academic year with an average grade of at least B. 

History MS

(Thesis Plan - 30 credits)

Common Core:

Reading Seminars (Choose at least one of the following)

  • HIST 600  Reading Seminar in European History (3)
  • HIST 602  Reading Seminar in Third World History (3)
  • HIST 604  Reading Seminar in United States History (3)

Research Seminars (Choose at least one of the following)

  • HIST 608  Research Seminar in European History (3) 
  • HIST 609  Research Seminar in Third World History (3)
  • HIST 610  Research Seminar in United States History (3)

Total: 12 Credits

Minimum Department of History electives* (not counting Thesis): 15 credits

(*May substitute 6 non-History credits if approved by advisor and department graduate coordinator)

Thesis requirement:

  • HIST 699 1-6 credits

Minimum number of credits required: 30 credits

History MS

(Alternate Paper Plan - 34 credits)

Common Core: 

Reading Seminars (Choose at least one of the following)

  • HIST 600  Reading Seminar in European History (3)
  • HIST 602  Reading Seminar in Third World History (3)
  • HIST 604  Reading Seminar in United States History (3)

Research Seminars (Choose at least one of the following)

  • HIST 608  Research Seminar in European History (3)
  • HIST 609  Research Seminar in Third World History (3)
  • HIST 610  Research Seminar in United States History (3)

Total: 12 Credits

Minimum Department of History electives* (not counting Thesis): 21 credits

(*May substitute 6 non-History credits if approved by advisor and department graduate coordinator)

Alternate Plan Paper requirement:

  • HIST 694 1-2 credits

Minimum number of credits required: 34 credits 

Requirements for All Programs

  1. The College of Graduate Studies requires that at least one-half of each student’s program be in courses open only to graduate students. At Minnesota State University, Mankato these are 600-level courses.
  2. The College of Graduate Studies requires that students using university resources such as the library, e-mail, or technology services, must register for at least one graduate credit. The College also requires graduate students to register for at least one credit during the semester that they graduate.
  3. The Department of History requires that prior to writing the Thesis or Alternate Plan Paper a student must satisfactorily complete a comprehensive examination covering a sub-field of historical study. An oral defense is required for both the Thesis and Alternate Plan Paper.  

Research Support

Graduate Students are eligible for History Department Student Research Grants. The Grants support travel, per diem expenses, as well as the purchase of supplies or materials. Individual grants are limited to no more than $500. Research may include, but is not limited to, Alternate Plan Paper, and Thesis. Grants will be awarded twice during the academic year. Successful applicants may re-apply for a subsequent grant. For further information contact the History Department. It is recommended that applicants have their advisor review application/materials before submission.