Course Requirements

Degree Requirements

Students must fulfill all the requirements for the M.A. in History and the Masters of Library Science. 

MLS Requirements

In the MLS program, students must take the core courses required of all MLS students and the field study.  The MLS requirements include:

1. MLS Core Courses (12 credits)

  • LBSC 602: Serving Information Needs
  • LBSC 631: Achieving Organizational Excellence
  • LBSC 671: Creating Information Infrastructures
  • LBSC 791: Designing Principled Inquiry

2. Field Study (3 credits)

  • LBSC 707: Field Study in Library Science

3. Electives (9-15 credits)

  • Students select electives based on their interests, career goals, and knowledge areas in which they want to build their skills.

In addition, MLS students choose an area of specialization or develop an individualized course of study (Individualized Program Plan or IPP), which allows them to select electives based on their interests, career goals, and knowledge areas in which they want to build their skills.  Students in IPP may take all masters-level courses offered in the iSchool, as long as course prerequisities are met.  These include courses offered in the MLS program's areas of specialization: Archives and Digital Curation, Information for Diverse Populations (IDP), Community Analytics and Policy, and School Library.

Students in the HiLS program who want to prepare for a career in archives should follow the Individualized Program Plan (IPP) and take INST 604, Introduction to Archives and Digital Curation (the pre-requisite for other such courses), as well as other courses in archives and digital curation.  The Introduction to Archives Management course is open to all students in the MLS program, not just students in the Archives and Digital Curation track.

HiLS students may take 24-30 credits in the iSchool plus 24-30 credits in History for a total of 54 credits.

Requirements for the M.A. in History 

In History, students choose an area of concentration and take a certain number of courses--the General Seminar, readings courses, and Research Seminars--in that area of concentration.  Students decide whether they will do the thesis or the non-thesis option.  In the thesis option, students do one research seminar and then six credits of M.A. thesis research (HIST 799).  They write a 60-80 page M.A. thesis under the supervision of an advisor.  In the non-thesis option, students take two research seminars and an M.A. comprehensive exam.  For more details, see below and also the section on the M.A. degree on the History Department website.

All M.A. students in the HiLS program must complete a minimum of 24 credits in History.  The mandatory course requirements are as follows:

  1. History and Contemporary Theory (HIST 601; 3 credits) (Taken in Year 2 or 3)

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

    1. 608A-B (United States)
    2. 608C (Modern Europe)
    3. 608D (Middle East)
    4. 608E (Women's and Gender History)
    5. 606F (Science and Technology)
    6. 608G-I (Latin America)
    7. 608J-K (East Asia)
    8. Equivalent seminar(s) in other historical fields
  3. Research Seminar (HIST 8XX; 3 credits)

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 and/or at other institutions 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.