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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Curriculum and Advising

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

Degree Programs

The Graduate Program in History at Minnesota State University, Mankato offers Master of Arts degrees (Thesis Plan) and Master of Science degrees (Thesis Plan and Alternate Paper Plan). Descriptions of courses listed below are available on the Graduate Bulletins page.

History MA:
(Thesis Plan - 30 credits)

Core course requirements:

Reading Seminar (Choose at least two of the following):

Course # Course Title Credits
HIST 600 European History
3
HIST 602 Non-Western History
3
HIST 604 U.S. History
3

Research Seminar requirement (Choose at least two of the following):

Course # Course Title Credits
HIST 608 European History
3
HIST 609 Non-Western History
3
HIST 610 U.S. History
3

Total credits: 12

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 - 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)

Core course requirements:

Reading Seminar (Choose at least two of the following):

Course # Course Title Credits
HIST 600 European History
3
HIST 602 Non-Western History
3
HIST 604 U.S. History
3

Research Seminar requirement (Choose at least two of the following):

Course # Course Title Credits
HIST 608 European History
3
HIST 609 Non-Western History
3
HIST 610 U.S. History
3

Total credits: 12

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 - 30 credits

 


History MS:
(Alternate Paper Plan - 34 credits)

Core course requirements:

Reading Seminar (Choose at least two of the following):

Course # Course Title Credits
HIST 600 European History
3
HIST 602 Non-Western History
3
HIST 604 U.S. History
3

Research Seminar requirement (Choose at least two of the following):

Course # Course Title Credits
HIST 608 European History
3
HIST 609 Non-Western History
3
HIST 610 U.S. History
3

Total credits: 12

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 - 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 History Department 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.

Advising System: The departmental graduate coordinator serves as the initial advisor of all students.  Entering students should consult with the coordinator before registering for any courses.  The permanent advisor is selected before the student completes a plan of study.  Regular student/advisor consultation throughout the program is recommended.

Filing a Plan of Study: Graduate students should prepare a plan of study before the completion of 20 semester credits of graduate study. Usually this occurs during the second semester of their program. The plan of study should be kept up-to-date and regularly reviewed with the student’s advisor

Style Manual: The style and format of all term papers, alternate plan papers and theses should conform to A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations by Kate L. Turabian, 7th Edition. Students should use this manual as a guide in preparation of all papers during their graduate study.

Grading System: Graduate-level history courses, including all seminars, theses, and alternate plan papers are taken on a letter-grade basis.  The only exceptions are individual study and internships courses, which will be taken on a pass/no-credit basis.

Transfer Credits: A maximum of 10 graduate history credits may be applied to the program as electives if approved by the student’s advisor, graduate coordinator, and the College of Graduate Studies.

Credit by Examination: Testing out is not permitted in any history graduate courses.

Individual Study and Internships: According to requirements of the College of Graduate Studies, a maximum of 6 credits may be taken for individual study. The History Department prefers that individual study and internship courses be taken during the final year of study. They require the approval of the student’s advisor and the graduate coordinator.

Comprehensive Written Examination: This four-hour examination is taken before the student begins work on the thesis or alternate plan paper.  

Topics: The exam will cover a field of historical study to be determined by consultation between the student and the student's advisor subject to approval by the departmental graduate coordinator.  Each field is to be defined by area, chronological period and branch of history.  Typical fields, for example, might include United States Political History to 1865, United States Social History, 1865-present and European Social History, 1500-1700. The field of study will be broader than but generally related to the student's research emphasis

Reading List: The written examination will consist of essay questions developed by the advisor, subject to the approval of the graduate coordinator. The questions are based on a reading list of 8 to12 significant books.  The list is to be compiled through consultation between the student and advisor and is to be approved by the departmental graduate coordinator.

Exam Evaluation: Three members of the History Department, selected by consultation between the advisor and the graduate coordinator, will independently read the examination. They will submit their evaluations to the graduate coordinator, who will calculate the consensus. Results will then be reported in writing to the student by the graduate coordinator

Thesis or Alternate Plan Paper: 

The Requirement: Students in the M.A. program must complete a thesis. The M.S. program has both a Thesis Option (30 credits) and an Alternative Plan Paper Option (34 credits). The advisor and graduate coordinator will assist in planning for registering for the credits necessary to complete your program.

Developing a Topic: While studying for the Comprehensive Written Exam, a student should also discuss with the advisor possible topics and research approaches for the Thesis or Alternate Plan Paper.

Oral Examination: After the thesis or alternate plan paper has been written, each student will take an oral examination (also called the defense) administered by that individual's graduate committee.

Membership of Oral Exam Committee: The examining committee will consist of the candidate’s advisor and two other members of the History Department. A member from another university department selected by the candidate in consultation with the advisor and approved by the graduate coordinator may be substituted for one of the History Department members. .

Focus of Oral Exam: Normally the oral examination (defense) will be concerned only with the thesis or alternate plan paper, but other questions may be included at the discretion of the committee.

[PDF] AHA Guide to Graduate Study (1 MiB)

4/12/2017