A candidate for the MA must complete a minimum of 40 units with grades of B or better. At least 24 of these must be CGU history seminars in the student's major track (US history, European history, American Studies, etc.). Two seminars, or 8 units should be in topics outside the student's major track of study, and students should complete at least one non-history/interdisciplinary seminar. All students in the History program are required to take HIST 300: "Introduction to Doing History and Being an Historian." View Current Course List or Search Course Archive
A candidate must write one substantive research paper that meets the guidelines for this requirement as spelled out in the History Department Handbook. The paper should come out of a CGU history seminar. The object is to demonstrate the student’s excellence in developing and supporting an argument based on careful, detailed analysis of primary sources and careful, critical evaluation of such materials. The paper must receive at least a B+, but preferably a higher grade.
A candidate must demonstrate competence in research by researching and writing an MA thesis. The thesis should be a work based on original research in source materials.
The candidate must demonstrate reading proficiency in historical materials in one foreign language. Foreign language proficiency is demonstrated when the student passes a language exam for reading comprehension. European studies students must demonstrate proficiency in either French or German.
For additional information about the History program requirements, please see the department handbook.