Masters Program Details
Nothing prepares students for the future like a glimpse back into the past, which makes our History department the perfect place to hone your skills in research, critical thinking and writing. With such a solid liberal arts background, History majors are prepared for careers in law, business, banking, politics, journalism, teaching and government, not to mention research and teaching in specialized fields such as museum studies, women's issues and the development of the world's diverse societies and cultures, both ancient and modern.
The History Department at the University of West Georgia offers an exciting and versatile M.A. program in History to prepare students for careers in teaching, law, business, government, museum work, archive management, public history, and library and information science. There are concentrations in American, World, European, Public History, Atlantic World, and War and Society in Global Perspective; a certificate program in Museum Studies in conjunction with the Atlanta History Center; and a post-M.A. certificate in museum studies. Working closely with our faculty, you will be trained to think critically, write clearly, and analyze effectively.
Method of Delivery
Courses are 100% Face-to-face.
Credit & Transfer
Total semester hours required to earn a degree: 36
Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 6
Tuition & Fees
For the most up-to-date and accurate cost information, see the Bursar's Office website at http://www.westga.edu/bursar/.
Plan 1: M.A. with Thesis
Major field courses-- 15 hours
Minor field courses-- 9 hours
Thesis units-- 6 hours
History 6684 (Historiography)-- 3 hours
Elective (with approval)-- 3 hours
Plan 2: M.A. with Non-Thesis
History, major field-- 12 hours
History, first minor field-- 9 hours
History, second minor field-- 9 hours
History 6684 (Historiography)-- 3 hours
Elective (with approval)-- 3 hours
Description: A political and social study of Germany since unification with heavy emphasis on the 20th century (1871-Present).
Description: A political, social, and cultural study of Ireland since 1780 with special emphasis on the evolution of Irish nationalism and Anglo-Irish relations. The roots and history of 'the Troubles' in Northern Ireland will also be explored.
Description: An introduction to the history of Japan, emphasizing the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Japanese immigration to the United States, and Japanese-American relations.
Description: An analysis of Soviet history from the October Revolution of 1917 to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, with an emphasis on Stalinism and post-Stalin developments.
Description: The history of early America, from the Age of Discovery through the establishment and growth of England's New World colonies, with emphasis on the evolution of American society and culture.
Description: A study of the origin of America's break with Great Britain, with emphasis on the causes of the Revolution, the course of the War of Independence, and the establishment of the new nation's political, social and cultural institutions.
Description: The political, diplomatic, economic and social history of the United States from the end of the American Revolution through the War of 1812.
Description: American history from the end of the War of 1812 to the Mexican War, with emphasis on politics and society. Western expansion also will be emphasized.
Description: American history from the end of the Mexican War to the Compromise of 1877, with special attention to the political, military and social history of the Civil War.
Description: A study of American understanding of ecology, wilderness, resource usage, conservation, agriculture, technology, and natural hazards from colonial times to the present.
Description: This history of American warfare from the colonial conflicts through the wars of the 20th century, with emphasis on society's impact on warfare and warfare's impact on American society.
Description: Traces the history of the development of American sports from the Colonial period to the present with emphasis on the social, cultural, economic, and political factors that influences American society.
Description: Examines the most important social and cultural trends in America from the colonial period to the end of the Civil War
Description: Examines the most important social and cultural trends in the US since the Civil War.
Description: An examination of the diverse experiences of women and their impact on American History up to 1877.
Description: An examination of the various experiences of women and their impact on the history of the United States since 1877.
Description: The history of the Civil Rights Movement with emphasis on major leaders, organizations, and events in the twentieth century black freedom struggle.
Description: Explores the social, political, cultural, economic, and diplomatic history of the U.S. from the end of Reconstruction to the aftermath of World War I.
Description: Explores the social, political, cultural, economic, and diplomatic history of the U.S. from the end of World War I to the end of World War II.
Description: Explores the social, political, cultural, economic, and diplomatic history of the U.S. in the second half of the twentieth century.
Description: A survey of Georgia history from prehistory to the present, emphasizing politics and society.
Description: A study of the approaches to researching and analyzing the history of the varied families and communities in southern history.
Description: A study of the American South from the Colonial Period through the Reconstruction with special attention on nineteenth century politics and society. Ideas and events leading to secession and Civil War are particularly emphasized.
Description: A study of the American South since 1865 including the interaction of economic, political, social and cultural factors, especially in the context of struggles in rural and urban communities and in the textile industry.
Description: A study of the history of American religious beliefs, practices, and influences on American society, from its colonial settlement to 1800.
Description: A study of the history of American religious beliefs and practices, and religion's influence on American society, from 1800 to present.
Description: Courses on topics not usually offered by the department.
Description: Advanced training in arranging, describing and processing archival collections for graduate students interested in archives work.
Description: Examines methods and theories for studying material culture from an interdisciplinary perspective, analyzing what material culture reveals about the culture and society in which it was created with an emphasis on America. Required for Museum Studies Certificate.
Description: An examination of the traditional, expressive, shared culture of various groups in the United States through its history, emphasizing analysis of regional folklife traditions and folklife research and fieldwork methods.
Description: Study of administrative functions: governance, financing, grant-writing, public relations, marketing, human resources, accreditation, and museum law and ethics. Taught in association with Atlanta History Center.
Description: An examination of the processes by which a museum manages it collection. Taught in association with Atlanta History Center and involves a practicum experience.
Description: Studies include interpretative principles and techniques, school programs, adult and community programs, staffing, marketing and other programming logistics. Taught in association with Atlanta History Center.
Description: An examination of how museums create exhibits using various interpretive techniques, from planning and research through exhibit design, display techniques, script-writing and installation. Taught in association with Atlanta History Center.
Description: Experience in applying history in a museum, historical society, archive, historic preservation agency, or other public history setting. Students must maintain a journal develop a portfolio of their work.
Description: Historiography, or the historian's craft, is an introduction to the history of historical thought from its emergence in the classical world to the present. The course will cover many of the major historigraphical schools and ideas that have developed over time. Student will study the tools and methods of various historians, how they formulate hypotheses from gathering of information, and how different historians write about the same era or subjects. Required of all M.A. history graduates.
Description: A seminar class with specific titles announced at time of offering. Transcript entries carry different nomenclatures to correspond to material taught. Seminars will vary according to topic and the specialty of the professor offering the course.
Description: A seminar class with specific titles announced at time of its offering. Transcript entries carry different nomenclatures to correspond to material taught. Seminars will vary according to topic and the specialty of the professor offering the course.
Description: A seminar course with specific titles announced each term. Transcript entries carry different nomenclatures to correspond to the materials taught.
Description: A seminar class with specific titles announced at time of offering. Transcript entries carry different nomenclatures to correspond to material taught. Seminar will vary according to topic and the specialty of the professor offering the course.
This describes the general information about faculty for this program.
Guidelines for Admittance
- All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
- Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
- International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
- Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Admissions Office.
Program-specific Admittance Guidelines
The minimum requirements for acceptance as a regular student in the History MA program include:
1. An undergraduate major or minor in history or a closely related field, including survey (or equivalent) courses in American History and European or World History.
2. Acceptable scores on the General (Aptitude) Test of the Graduate Record Examination are at least 51 for the Verbal Section on the new GRE, and at least 4.0 for the Writing Section.
3. A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale for all work taken at all colleges.
4. An average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for a major in History or a closely related field.
5. A writing sample that indicates an ability to research and write at the graduate level.
6. Evidence from the personal statement and the letters of recommendation that the applicant’s abilities and needs match our resources and course offerings.
See The Scoop for more specific deadlines: http://www.westga.edu/registrar/766.php
Specific graduate deadlines are listed here: http://www.westga.edu/gradstudies/important-dates.php
Admission Process Checklist
The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here: http://www.westga.edu/gradstudies/apply-now.php
One exception: If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.
Office of Graduate and International Admissions
Office of Graduate and International Admissions
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton, GA 30118-4160
Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP at http://www.westga.edu/registrar/766.php.
Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines:
- demonstrate the ability to undertake advanced historical research
- show basic familiarity with historical literature in major and minor fields of study
- demonstrate an understanding of historiography and its permutations over time
- demonstrate a knowledge of the theory and ethics of public history [for Public History concentration]
- demonstrate knowledge of the standards and practices for at least two fields in public history [for Public History concentration]