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The Department of History offers a Master of Arts degree that prepares competent graduates for modern careers in business, government, teaching, non-profit work, and further graduate study in history, law, library science, or business. The program offers an introduction to the major debates and cutting-edge topics in the field while also providing education in most major regions and periods in global history. Students select from a broad variety of courses, with the ability to emphasize a particular geographic region or time period through electives. Completion of the degree requires either an examination to assure mastery in the field or a written thesis to demonstrate the student’s research expertise. The degree requires a minimum of 30 credit hours. (Learn More)
The Department's academic offerings reflect the diversity of the faculty, and students are encouraged to sample broadly the course offerings that investigate the histories of societies and cultures from across the globe.
The M.A. program also offers many varied options to expand one’s horizons beyond the required number of classroom courses, including individualized independent studies on focused topics, original thesis research, and practical, hands-on work experience.
The Department offers possibilities for study abroad courses with ODU faculty over spring and summer breaks.
Internships in museums, at historical and archaeological sites, and libraries offer real-world practice and networking possibilities for later employment.
Students have many opportunities to build strong relationships with professors in courses with low student-faculty ratios and through the examination option, where each student works closely with our faculty to develop their historical knowledge.
This course is designed to familiarize students with the principal historiographical problems besetting the field of U.S. military history from the pre-Revolutionary period to the present day.
This course examines the historiography of the Long Civil Rights Movement, the struggle for civil rights stretching from the nineteenth century to the present day and encompassing multiple movements that sought to achieve the basic rights of citizenship for a number of different groups.
This course examines the complex history of the Holocaust, beginning with the rise of anti-Semitism in the 1930s. It will explore issues of resistance and collaboration as well as ambivalence. It will also examine aspects of postwar Holocaust denial and the memory of the Holocaust as well as its representation in the historiography to the present.
Students entering the Master of Arts program in History should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)
Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.
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Extremely well-qualified graduate students may receive scholarship funding to support educational needs. This scholarship is awarded to graduate students who have already completed at least one semester of full-time study.
The Department offers Teaching Assistant positions that provide a stipend while giving graduate students experience in teaching and grading coursework for undergraduates. Teaching Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis. There are also a limited number of tuition remission awards and academic scholarships awarded annually to high-achieving students.
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