Master of Arts in History

Program Director: David Ulbrich
Associate Program Director of Academics: John Broom

The mission of the Norwich University Master of Arts in History program is to:

  • provide students with a base of historical knowledge within the field of history,
  • build an awareness of differing historical interpretations and the ability to synthesize diverse types of historical knowledge,
  • build and refine student research, writing, analysis and presentation skills,
  • provide students with an introduction to historical pedagogy,
  • provide students with a foundation for developing a professional identity as a historian and,
  • help students “learn to think like a historian” and develop “historiographical sensibilities” and “historical habits of mind.”
     

The Master of Arts in History curriculum is guided by the goals for history M.A. degrees outlined by the American Historical Association. The curriculum is designed to provide students with a base of historical knowledge, graduate level historical research skills, an introduction to historical pedagogy, the foundation for an identity as a historian, and the “habits of mind” of a professional historian.

Curriculum Map/Plan of Study

Term 1
Introduction to Military History: Historiography and Method6
Term 2
One concentration course
6
Term 3
One concentration course
6
Term 4
One concentration course
6
Term 5
Directed Readings in History6
Term 6
One capstone academic exercise 1
6
Residency 20
Total Cr.36


Curriculum Requirements

U.S. History Concentration

Core Seminars
MH 510Introduction to Military History: Historiography and Method6
HI 520American Colonial, Revolutionary and Early National History6
HI 530Nineteenth Century American History6
HI 540Twentieth Century American History6
HI 550Directed Readings in History6
Capstone Academic Exercise
Select one of the following:
MH 562Capstone Paper6
MH 569Comprehensive Exam 10
MH 570
MH 571
M.A. Thesis
and MA Thesis II 2
6
Culminating Academic Requirement
MH 595Residency0
Total Cr.36


World History Concentration

Core Seminars
MH 510Introduction to Military History: Historiography and Method6
HI 526Hunter-Gatherer and Agrarian Eras6
HI 536The Late Agrarian Era to 18006
HI 546World History from 1800 to 19916
HI 550Directed Readings in History6
Capstone Academic Exercise
Select one of the following:
MH 562Capstone Paper6
MH 569Comprehensive Exam 10
MH 570
MH 571
M.A. Thesis
and MA Thesis II 2
6
Culminating Academic Requirement
HI 595Residency0
Total Cr.36

M.A. Examination

The master’s examination exercise consists of one or more written examinations covering the subject matter studied in previous seminars. Students will be assigned a faculty advisor in seminar 4 who will assist the student in preparing for the written examination. A committee of three consisting of the student’s advisor, the capstone director and one Norwich M.A. in History faculty member will evaluate and grade the written examinations. The M.A. examination is intended to test the student’s knowledge of their specific field of study and is a final validation of performance for the Norwich M.A. in History. 

Capstone Paper

In this final seminar students will, under the direction of single Norwich faculty member assigned by the program’s capstone director, research and write a capstone paper of approximately fifty pages in length. The paper must utilize scholarly secondary sources as well as primary source documents and demonstrate the student’s mastery of the historiography of his or her topic. The paper must contain a well developed historical question and a compelling interpretation/argument answering the question posed. 

One-Week Residency

All degree candidates of the Master of Arts in History are required to attend a one-week Residency Conference on the Norwich University campus, during which they may attend professional presentations, participate in roundtable discussions with faculty, and present papers. The one-week residency is a degree requirement.

Master’s Thesis

This option is recommended for those interested in continuing their studies in history at the doctoral level. Interested students must petition the program director, provide two letters of recommendation of support from Norwich M.A. in History faculty, and a complete M.A. thesis prospectus outlining the proposed M.A. research question, the historiography of the topic, and the primary and/or archival sources they will use for their M.A. thesis. Petitions to exercise the M.A. thesis project will be reviewed by a committee composed of the program director, associate program director for academics, and capstone director. If the student petition is approved a committee consisting of two professors and the capstone director will advise the student throughout the thesis seminars. The paper must contain a well developed historical question and a compelling interpretation/argument answering the question posed.

The thesis option requires enrollment in two 3-credit seminars offered sequentially. The thesis may be completed in a minimum of six months, but in all cases must be completed in nine months with accompanying sustaining and thesis fees.

Faculty Member Institution at which highest degree was earned
David Ulbrich, PhD (Program Director) Temple University
Sergei Antonov, PhD Columbia University
Michael Beauchamp, PhD Texas A&M University
Rae Bielakowski, PhD Loyola University of Chicago
John Broom, PhD The Union Institute and University
Robert Clemm, PhD Ohio State University
Ginger Davis, PhD Temple University
Kelly DeVries, PhD University of Toronto
Sviatoslav Dmitriev, PhD Harvard University
Michael Dolski, PhD Ohio State University
Sarah Douglas, PhD Ohio State University
Hugo Evans, PhD Bowling Green State University
Paul Hatley, PhD Kansas State University
Timothy Hayburn, PhD Lehigh University
John Jennings, PhD University of Hawaii
Sean Kalic, PhD Kansas State University
Susan Karr, PhD University of Chicago
Sanders Marble, PhD King's College London
Kathryn Merriam University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Stephen Morillo, PhD Jesus College, Oxford University
Matthew Muehlbauer, PhD Temple University
Lisa Mundey, PhD Kansas State University
Richard Ninness, PhD University of Pennsylvania
Uta Raina, PhD Temple University
Jennifer Reed Fry, PhD Temple University
Chris Rein, PhD University of Kansas
John Roche, PhD University of North Carolina
Charles Sanders, PhD Kansas State University
Ryan Staude, PhD State University of New York at Albany
Kenneth Swope, PhD University of Michigan
Paul Thomsen, PhD Kansas State University
Matthew Wall, PhD Trinity College Dublin
Bobby Wintermute, PhD Temple University