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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

History (HTY)

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Master of Arts (M.A.)
CIP Code: 54.0101
College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 30

Contact Information:
College of Arts and Sciences
History Department (HTY)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue SOC107
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Kees Boterbloem
Phone: 813-974-2807


Faculty Search: Arts and Sciences Faculty List

Program Information

The Department of History offers the M.A. degree. Members of the graduate faculty in History have earned recognition as teachers, scholars, and contributors to the community. The Department offers a Master of Arts degree organized around the following fields:

  • Field 1: American History to 1877
  • Field 2: American History since 1877
  • Field 3: Ancient History
  • Field 4: Medieval History
  • Field 5: Early Modern Worlds
  • Field 6: Modern Europe since 1789
  • Field 7: Latin America

Across these fields, students can request, in consultation with their Major Professor, concentrations organized thematically or geographically.


Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: January 15
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: January 15
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

  • GPA of at least 3.00
  • GRE Scores of at least 160 (85th percentile) Verbal, 144 (18th percentile) Quantitative, and 4.5 (80th percentile) in writing. Only current scores within the last 5 years will be accepted.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation on behalf of the applicant are required. These letters should come from academic sources familiar with the quality of the applicant’s college-level work and indicate his/her graduate program potential. Once the online application is completed, requests for recommendations will be emailed to recommenders.
  • Statement of Purpose: A two-page statement is required that delineates historical and intellectual areas of interest, proposed fields of study, educational and professional goals, the faculty with whom the applicant is potentially interested in working , and why the applicant sees him/herself as a good fit with our program.
  • Writing Sample: A sample of written work which indicates the applicant’s ability to write effectively and preferably, to conduct historical research and analysis must be submitted. The sample should be approximately 15 pages in length. Appropriate examples include a term paper, research paper, or thesis chapter.

A B.A. in history is preferred. The Department will consider applicants without a recent background in undergraduate history, but they may be required to complete Theory of History (HIS 4104) as well as some upper division and/or graduate level courses in relevant fields with a grade of “B” or higher. These will be determined in consultation with the Graduate Program Director or Major Professor.

Admissions Status: Apply (Direct Receipt)


Program Degree Requirements

Total Minimum Hours: 30
Core Course 3 hours
Concentrations 21 hours
Thesis/non-thesis 6 hours

Core Course Requirement (3 hours)
HIS 6112        3        Analysis of Historical Knowledge/p>

Concentrations (21 hours)
Students may select from the following Concentration areas:
      American History (AHY)
       Ancient History (AHS)
       European History (EHS)
       Latin American History (LAH)
       Medieval History (MHS)

Students complete coursework for the Major and Minor fields, in the concentration they choose.

Major Field (15 hours any combination of the following):
HIS 6939        3        Seminar in History
HIS 6925        3        Colloquium in History

Minor Field (6 hours any combination of the following)
HIS 6939        3       Seminar in History
HIS 6925        3        Colloquium in History

Other Requirements
Of the 30 hours required for the Master of Arts, at least 20 must be in formal, regularly scheduled course work. A minimum of 16 must be at the 6000 level. Subject to the satisfaction of above requirements, courses at the 5000 level are acceptable as part of a planned degree program. Students may take a maximum of 6 hours in HIS 6914 Directed Research and/or HIS 6908 Independent Study and a maximum of 6 hours in HIS 6925 Colloquia .

After beginning course work, M.A. students select an advisor in their anticipated major field of study. Students arrange their programs and schedules of appropriate courses with their m ajor p rofessor. Additionally, the student in consultation with the major professor asks on or two other members (normally one from the major and one from the minor fields) to serve on a supervisory committee. The student is required to have completed successfully at least 3 credits of course work with each member of his/her committee. Students with two unresolved “Incomplete” grades (of any credit total) will not be permitted to register for additional history courses until at least one “Incomplete” grade is resolved.

Students may opt to do either a thesis or non-thesis tract.

Thesis (6 hours)
HIS 6971       6        Thesis

Non-Thesis (6 hours)
Any combination that totals six hours:
HIS 6939        3        Seminar in History
HIS 6925        3        Colloquium in History
HIS 6914        3        Directed Research
HIS 6908        3        Independent Study

Comprehensive Examinations:
A six-hour written comprehensive examination will consist of answering two questions in a major field and one in a minor field. In addition, at the discretion of the committee, an oral examination may be administered. The examination questions and student answers will form part of the student’s Department file. A student must have no “incomplete” grades and be enrolled for a minimum of two (2) hours during the term the comprehensive examination is taken.

Language Requirements:
M.A. students must demonstrate a reading proficiency in one foreign language most applicable to a student’s field of research (as determined by the Major Professor) . The language requirement will be fulfilled in one of two ways:

  • A two-hour examination administrated by the Department. The student will be expected to translate satisfactorily a 500- word passage, with the assistance of a dictionary.
  • With the approval of the major professor, the student may take two semesters of an intermediate level foreign language. In order to fulfill the foreign language requirement, the student must receive a “B” or above in each semester’s course. Those students who have met these requirements as an undergraduate may have the language requirement waived by petitioning the Graduate Committee.

Students with a major field in American History and with a thesis topic that does not require the use of a foreign language may substitute quantitative methods for the language requirements. The quantitative methods option will be fulfilled by successful completion with a grade of at least “B” in one of the following courses:

ANG 5486        3        Quantitative Methods in Anthropology
EDF 6407        4        Statistical Analysis in Educational Research
POS 6736        3        Political Research Methods
MAT 5932       3        Selected Topics

Graduation and Master’s Thesis:

  • A satisfactory performance in the core course, two fields, and the completion of a comprehensive examination are required of all M.A. students for graduation.
  • In order to graduate, a student must apply for graduation through OASIS using their Net ID and self assigned password by the deadline noted in the Academic Calendar for the term during which graduation is anticipated.
  • Students selecting the thesis option must follow the final submission process in the Office of Graduate Studies to be considered for graduation. For information refer to the Office of Graduate Studies website
  • Students may not participate in commencement unless all requirements have been satisfactorily completed.
  • All requirements for master’s degrees must be completed within five (5) calendar years from the student’s date of admission for graduate study.

College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.


Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

HIS6112, HIS6939, HIS6925, HIS6908, HIS6939, HIS6925, HIS6908, ANG5486, EDF6407, POS6736, MAT5932, HIS6971,