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History

Dr. Don Taylor, Program Director

Hardin-Simmons University offers history as a major or a minor for the Master of Arts degree, and

as a minor for the Master of Education degree.

Admission Criteria

Applicants for graduate study in history must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited

college or university. Admission to the program requires the program director’s endorsement,

which will be based on the following requirements:

1.

Prior academic performance, which will be evaluated in regard to (1) overall GPA,(2) GPA

in all course work in history, (3) overall upper level GPA, (4) fulfillment of necessary

prerequisites (see below), (5) previous graduate course work, and (6) the dates of

completion of previous course work.

2.

Vita.

3.

Three recommendations, at least one of which speaks to the applicant’s academic potential

and one which speaks to the applicant’s potential to succeed in the field of history.

4.

Provide a quality sample of scholarly or critical writing.

Academic Standards

5.

GPA of 3.0 in all upper-level course work (junior and senior level courses) OR overall

undergraduate GPA of 2.70.

6.

GPA of 3.0 in all undergraduate course work in history (a minimum of 18 hours in upper-

division work).

7.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score of 500 or better on the verbal sub-test and a minimum

score of 4 on the analytical writing section of the aptitude test is required of all applicants.

Prerequisites

Admission requires a minimum of 18 upper-level hours in history. All undergraduate prerequisites

and/or transfer work must be approved by the director of the program and the dean of graduate

studies.

Departmental Endorsement

Admission to the program requires review and recommendation by the director of the program.

Curriculum

Upon acceptance into the graduate program in history, the graduate advisor and the student will

prepare a tentative program of study. This tentative program will identify the specific courses the

student will take to prepare for the oral examinations and the semesters during which those courses

will be taken. The student may elect to concentrate his or her coursework in American, European,

or Latin American history or a combination of the three. The tentative program of study will

include:

Option I: Thesis Program (30 hours)

MAJOR 12 hours of history...................................................................................12

MINOR (approved) may be in history...................................................................12

HIST 6391 Thesis ...................................................................................................3

HIST 6392 Thesis ...................................................................................................3

TOTAL..................................................................................................................30

Thesis

During the last semester of course work, the student and the graduate advisor will agree on a thesis

topic and a thesis advisor. The thesis advisor will be the graduate faculty member in history who