History Department

Master of Arts in History

Introduction

The Master of Arts in History program offers advanced training in American, African, Middle Eastern, Asian, European, and Latin American history. The program encourages students to take courses in a range of geographic and temporal areas while allowing them the flexibility to focus on subjects that interest them. It strives to provide students not just historical content but also the ability to recognize and analyze themes and patterns across the historical landscape. The Master of Arts in History program is particularly well suited for pre-doctoral students, for secondary school teachers seeking additional enrichment, and for those interested in pursuing careers in public history. Close student and faculty contact is encouraged through a combination of lecture-discussion courses and research and reading seminars that are designed to broaden and deepen the students' historical knowledge and provide training in history as a scholarly discipline.

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Contact

The Department of History: Rhodes Tower, Room 1319 ; Phone (216) 687-3920

Areas of Study

Admission Information

In addition to College of Graduate Studies requirements for admission, applicants to the History program must have the following:

  1. An undergraduate major in history with a grade-point average of 3.0 or better, or sufficient undergraduate history courses with grades of B or better to serve as an indicator of probable success in the graduate history program.
  2. Two letters of recommendation, preferably from professors with whom the applicant has taken advanced undergraduate history courses.
  3. A writing sample that demonstrates the candidate's research, analytical, and writing abilities. The department prefers that applicants submit a substantial research paper from a history course of not more than 20 pages.
  4. Results of the Graduate Record Examination ( GRE) are desired from all applicants. GRE test results are required, however, for applicants who do not meet the College of Graduate Studies requirement of at least a 2.75 undergraduate GPA for admission.

Under special circumstances, an applicant may remediate undergraduate deficiencies by enrolling as a non-degree student. Non-degree students must achieve a graduate GPA of 3.0 or better for twelve credit hours in approved courses to qualify for admission.  Upon admission to the program the twelve credits may be applied toward the degree.

Financial Assistance

The Department of History offers a number of graduate assistantships and internships to complement full-time study. Assistantships require approximately ten to twenty hours of service per week to the department, depending upon the award received. Graduate assistant responsibilities include tutoring students, assisting professors in the preparation of lectures and discussions, and working on departmental programs. Additional financial assistance may be available through various internship programs.  Applicants interested in assistantships for the Fall Semester must complete their application packet by April 1st of the prior Spring Semester.

Career Information

The History MA program is intended to prepare students for entry into doctoral programs in history and art history. Graduates of the program also are prepared for secondary-level teaching in history and social studies, as well as careers in public history (i.e., the practice of history in a non-academic setting).

In addition, the master's program in history develops a variety of skills that are basic to success in many careers in business and other professions. Recent graduates have demonstrated skills in conceptualization, research, analysis, and oral and written communication in careers in banking, the media, insurance, journalism, law, marketing and advertising, publishing, and government service.

Degree Requirements

Students may pursue either of two plans for the Master of Arts degree in History. Plan A requires the writing of a thesis, while Plan B requires additional courses in lieu of a thesis. The prospective student selects one of the programs in consultation with the Graduate Program Director.

For both plans, students are required to complete a total of thirty-six credit hours in approved courses with at least a 3.0 grade-point average. Only one grade of B- may count towards the degree and grades below B- (C or F) will not count towards the degree. Depending on their undergraduate preparation in history, students, with approval, may take up to eight credit hours in courses outside of the History Department. For the policy on transferring credit from another institution, see the section on Transfer Credit in the Enrollment Regulations section of this Catalog.

Upon admission, each student must consult with the Director of Graduate History Studies in order to establish a general plan of study. HIS 697 Independent Study in History can be taken only with the approval of the Graduate Program Director.

Special Requirements for Plan A

1. A minimum of 24 credit hours in 600-level courses, which must include:

A minimum of four 600-level reading seminars (12 credits).

2. The remaining 12 credit hours may be taken at the 500 level.

Special Requirements for Plan B

1. A minimum of twenty-four credit hours in 600-level courses, which must include:

A minimum of six 600-level reading seminars (18 credits).

2. The remaining 12 credit hours may be taken at the 500 level.

 

Museum Studies Specialization

Karen Sotiropoulos, Graduate Program Director

The History Department, in cooperation with the Art Department and the Levin College of Urban Affairs, offers an interdisciplinary program that leads to a Master of Arts degree in History with a specialization in Museum Studies.

The program is broad in scope rather than highly specialized. Depth in a specialized area is achieved through HIS 599 - Internship in History, HIS 695 - Research Seminar in American, European, or Social History, and the elective courses.

Admissions Information

Admission requirements are the same as those for the MA in History program.

Degree Requirements

Students are required to complete a total of thirty-six (36) credit hours in approved courses with at least a 3.0 grade-point average. Upon admission, each student must consult with the History Graduate Program Director in order to establish a general plan of study.

Requirements

1. 26 credit hours in the following required courses:

2. Four additional courses (12 credit hours), 2 of which may be taken at the 500-level, in consultation with the Graduate Director and the Coordinator of History Internships.

 

Art History Specialization

Samantha Baskind, Graduate Program Director

Introduction

The History Department and the Art Department offer an interdisciplinary program that leads to a Master of Arts degree in History with a specialization in art history. The program provides a comprehensive approach to the integral study of history and art and allows for advanced training that broadens and deepens the student's knowledge about the relationship between art and history.

The program is broad in scope rather than highly specialized. Depth in a specialized area is
achieved through independent study, thesis, and related courses in history or approved electives.
The program is designed to accommodate both full-time students and those students who are currently working but are free for classes after 4 p.m. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the program and the number of credits required, it is expected that the student will usually take two years (or longer if part-time) to complete the degree.

Although the Art Department is responsible for admission decisions for the art history specialization, the History and Art departments jointly supervise thesis advising and approve applications for graduation.

For non-degree students, graduate courses in art education and studio art also are available.

Career Information

The Art History program prepares students for entry into doctoral programs in art history, for secondary-level teaching in art history and cultural studies, archival management, historical preservation, art gallery and art museum curatorial employment, art consulting, art museum education and image management work.

Admission Information

In addition to College of Graduate Studies requirements for admission, applicants who wish to pursue the art history specialization must have:

  1. At least a 3.0 grade-point average in history/art history courses.
  2. An undergraduate major in history/art history or a sufficient number of undergraduate courses in history/art history to indicate probable success in a graduate program. Under special circumstances, an applicant may make up undergraduate deficiencies by enrolling as a non-degree graduate student. For some students, additional courses or study may be required if not completed as an undergraduate.

Results of the Subject Test of the Graduate Record Examination are desirable, but the results of both the General and Subject test of the GRE are only required of applicants who do not meet the minimum grade-point averge set for admission to the College of Graduate Studies.

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Financial Assistance

Limited graduate assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis to qualified students. Assistantships provide tuition support and a stipend in exchange for ten hours of service per week in the research and instructional programs of the faculty. Interested students should apply to the Graduate Advisor in advance of the academic year.

Research Program

Graduate study enables participation in the research of the graduate faculty, which is sponsored by local, national, and international agencies and is widely published in leading professional journals and books.

Graduate student research is often presented at regional and national conferences.

Graduate students have access to the Ingalls Library of The Cleveland Museum of Art, one of the foremost collections in the nation, and to the considerable collections of the Cleveland Public Library. Excellent interlibrary loan, OCLC facilities, and general computer-research services on campus assure rapid acquisition of additional material. Computer applications relevant to the history of art are encouraged and well supported by the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

Special exhibits and shows in the Cleveland State University Art Gallery afford graduate students experience in curating and publishing exhibition catalogs.

Additional practical experience and funding is facilitated by internships at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Western Reserve Historical Society, the Cleveland Public Library and local art galleries.

Degree Requirements

Upon admission to the program, the student must immediately contact the Graduate Advisor in the Art Department to develop a general plan of study, which is recorded on a program planning form. This form provides the basis for subsequent consultations.

Students may pursue either of two plans for the art history specialization. Plan A requires the writing of a thesis and is intended primarily for the student who plans to study for a Ph.D. in Art History. Plan B is intended primarily for the student seeking only an MA degree and requires additional course work in lieu of the thesis. Plan B is designed for breadth and flexibility rather than specialized concentration. Prospective students select a program in consultation with the Graduate Advisor. Students in plans A and B must complete their approved courses with at least a 3.0 grade-point average, and all students must earn a minimum of twenty hours of credit at the 600 level.

Plan A (36 hours)
  1. Eighteen hours in 500- or 600-level art history courses, including at least two art seminars (ART 695) with a maximum of three hours of independent study (ART 697).
  2. Six hours of 600-level history courses, consisting of HIS 601 and a readings seminar.
  3. Six hours of 500- or 600-level art history or history courses.
  4. Six hours of thesis (ART 699).
Plan B (36 hours)
  1. Twenty-one hours in 500- to 600-level art history, including three art seminars (ART 695) with a maximum of three hours of independent study (ART 697).
  2. Six hours in 600-level history courses, consisting of
  3. HIS 601, and either a readings or research seminar.
  4. Nine hours in 500- to 600-level art history or history courses, or approved electives.

Exit Requirements

Every candidate must have reading knowledge of an approved foreign language in order to obtain the M.A.  This can be demonstrated by completion of the equivalent of five undergraduate quarters or four semesters of a foreign language, prefereably German or French; however, a language of immediate pertinence to the applicant's chosen field of study will be considered.  It can also be demonstrated by passing a graduate-level foreign language reading course (not offered at CSU) or by passing a CSU examination in reading and translation.  Students anticipating further study are encouraged to begin acquiring a second foreign language in order to meet the Ph.D. program requirements at other universities, in addition to the exit requirement.

Each candidate, whether pursuing Plan A or B, must prepare a twenty-minute presentation as an exit requirement. Candidates also are expected to attend and participate in their colleagues' presentations. These presentations should demonstrate an original approach to a well-defined topic developed from one of the student's seminar papers in conjunction with the professor. They afford the candidate the opportunity to refine and distill research and incorporate feedback, following the guidelines of professional art historical society meetings.

For Plan A candidates, the thesis committee must consist of two faculty advisors from the Art Department, one from the History Department, and one member external to the degree program. The guidelines for the thesis are decided on by agreement between the student and the committee. The committee notifies the Graduate Advisor when the thesis has been completed successfully.