2017-2018 Graduate Studies Catalog

53 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 two of which must speak to the applicant’s academic potential and 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 153 (500+ prior scale) or better on the verbal sub- test and a minimum score of 4.5 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 after endorsement by the History Department faculty. Application Deadline: October 15 for Spring admissions and February 20 for Fall admissions. 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

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