Course Requirements

Course Requirements

All M.A. students must complete a minimum of 30 credits. The mandatory course requirements are as follows:

  1. History and Contemporary Theory (HIST 601; 3 credits)

  2. Field General Seminar(s) (HIST 608; 3-9 credits)

    • 608J-K (East Asia)
    • 608G-I (Latin America)
    • 606F (Science and Technology)
    • 608E (Women's and Gender History)
    • 608D (Middle East)
    • 608C (Modern Europe)
    • 608A-B (United States)
    • Equivalent seminars in other fields
  3. Research Seminar (HIST 8XX; 3 credits)

There is no general language requirement for the M.A. degree, but certain fields may require demonstrated language competency and/or special skills. 

All M.A. students must take at least 12 credits in a “major field” within History, including at least 3 credits of General Seminar in that field and at least 3 credits of Research seminar in that field.  In certain fields, students may take more than one General Seminar in that field.   Often students take “research seminars” as independent study courses with faculty in their fields.  Typically students take other readings courses in their fields or in other fields that interest them.

Special Notes

  1. Courses completed during previous postbaccalaureate degree programs at other institutions or as an "advanced special student" at the University of Maryland may be considered to satisfy course requirements.

  2. Requests for course requirement waivers, equivalency, and credit transfers should be directed to the Director of Graduate Studies. A request must include the course syllabus and transcripts showing the final grade. The endorsement of the advisor is typically sought.

  3. Up to nine (9) credit hours of major and minor field readings courses may be taken at the 400 level. Students seeking to take a 400 level course for graduate credit should consult the instructor of record to discuss course expectations before registering.