Honors Program in History

The Department of History offers honors courses by honors contract which are open to students who have distinguished themselves. Honors courses carry full credit toward the major or, for non-majors, full elective credit. Subject to the recommendation of the departmental honors committee, a student will be considered for graduation with “honors in history” upon successful completion of one three hour 3000 or 4000 level honors course or HIS 3510, the senior honors research course (HIS 4509), the senior honors thesis (HIS 4510), and a defense of the honor thesis. The three thesis hours can be substituted for HIS 4100 - Senior Seminar (3). A grade of “B” or better is required to receive honors credit in any honors course.  More information

Graduate Degree

History: Master of Arts (MA)

History - General History Concentration

History - Historic Preservation Concentration

History - Museum Studies Concentration

History - Public History Concentration

History - Teaching Concentration

Graduate Minor

History Graduate Minor


A thesis is required for the Master of Arts in History, but optional for the Master of Arts Public History concentration program.

More Information

Contact Dr. Bruce E. Stewart, our graduate program director at or follow the links below for more about our graduate program.

About the Graduate concentrations

The program offers the following concentrations and graduate minor:

  • General History Concentration - This is our most traditional and flexible degree. Students take a variety of readings and research seminars, and can focus on their own historical research interests in a thesis. 
  • Historic Preservation Concentration - Historic preservation students learn by doing to preserve, protect and promote historic places and spaces. Preservationists work with private groups, local, state and federal governments to help communities understand and celebrate their entire past.
  • Museum Studies Concentration - Museum studies students learn by doing to educate, curate and manage history in a museum setting. Museum professionals engage with and educate the public about many historical times and places.
  • Public History Concentration - Public history students can choose from a variety of courses to build up the skill set required for their desired career in the public sphere. In addition to preservation and museum courses, we offer courses in archives, oral history, grant writing and digital history.  
  • Graduate Minor in History - This minor consists of 8-12 semester hours selected from HIS graduate course offerings, except HIS 5989.