2017-2018 Graduate Studies Catalog

54 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 specializes in the area in which the student wishes to write the thesis. The thesis advisor will closely supervise the preparation of the thesis and arrange for its reading and approval by the other members of the graduate history faculty. Turabian format will be used. Guidelines by the HSU Department of History and the Office of Graduate Studies must be followed. After beginning work on the thesis, continuous enrollment in Thesis or Thesis Renewal is required for all fall and spring semesters until completion of the thesis. Summer enrollment is required if the student anticipates working on the thesis or completing his/her degree during either summer term. Note: A thesis processing fee will be assessed. Option II: Non-Thesis Program (36 Hours) MAJOR 24 hours of history...................................................................................24 MINOR (approved) may be in history...................................................................12 TOTAL..................................................................................................................36 Foreign Language Requirement A student pursuing an MA in history thesis option must show proficiency in the reading of at least one foreign language approved by the HSU Department of History. This requirement may be met by the satisfactory completion of 12 or more semester hours of undergraduate credit in a foreign language or its equivalent with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. The language requirement must be fulfilled before the student may enroll in thesis. There is no foreign language requirement for the Option II (non-thesis) program. Advancement to Candidacy The HSU History Department faculty review the student’s progress after 12 hours of graduate work has been successfully completed (3.0 GPA is required). The student will be advanced to candidacy unconditionally, advanced with certain restrictions or additional requirements, or denied candidacy and dropped from the program. Comprehensive Exam During the semester in which course work for the degree will be completed, the student will petition the graduate advisor in history to take the comprehensive oral examination. The graduate advisor in history will then arrange a time and place acceptable to all concerned. After the examination, the graduate advisor will present the results to the dean of graduate studies, who will notify the student of the results. If the student fails the examination, he or she may then petition the graduate advisor in history to schedule another examination during the next long semester after the failure. If the student fails to pass the comprehensive examination on the second attempt, he or she will be dropped from the program. Students selecting the thesis option should expect to take the examination after acceptance of the thesis. Graduation Requirements Successful completion of the curriculum, successful completion of thesis (if applicable), successful completion of comprehensive exam, and successful completion of 12 hours (or equivalent) of a foreign language. Time Limit Students must complete all requirements for the degree within five years from initial semester of admission. Minor A graduate minor in history may include six semester hours of advanced course work and must

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