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Public History: Course Requirements

  • 36 crs. of which a minimum of 30 must be in history; of these 30 history credits, 22 must be at the 500 level or above. These credits must be distributed as follows:
  • 4 crs. H500, History of Historical Thought or H501, Historical Methodology: This course should be taken early in one’s graduate program and must be taken as a part of the student’s initial seventeen (17) graduate credits toward the degree.
  • 4 crs. H542, Public History: This course should be one of the first classes taken by students in Public History.
  • 4 crs. H543, Practicum in Public History internship:students may enroll in H543 only after having taken or while taking H542.
  • 4 crs. H650, Colloquium in U.S. History
  • 4 crs. H750, Seminar in U.S. History
  • 3 crs. minimum, in non-U.S. History course
  • 11 crs. electives (maximum of 6 crs. outside history)
  • 2 crs. H898, M.A. Thesis

[Note: Although students may take more than 4 credit hours of H543, a maximum of 4 credit hours counts toward the degree.]

Foreign Language

There is no foreign language requirement for the degree per se.  However, those students who will incorporate foreign language documents and scholarship in their graduate work will be expected to translate non-English sources.  They must thus demonstrate an appropriate level of competence in the relevant language before they begin work on their thesis.  The Director of Graduate Studies and the student’s advisor may require the student to take additional coursework.

Public History Internship

Students whose area is Public History will do an internship. The internship shall be created with the advice and approval of the director of Public History. They shall discuss and begin making arrangements for the internship before completing fifteen (15) graduate credit hours. The internship will usually be undertaken concurrently with H542, Public history, or after the student has satisfactorily completed H542. Students will be enrolled in H543, Practicum in Public History, during the semester(s) in which they hold an internship. No more than 4 cr. hrs. of H543 will count toward the degree.

US History: Course Requirements

  • 30 crs. of which a minimum of 24 must be in history; of the 24 history credits, 18 credits must be at the 500 level or above. These credits must be distributed as follows:
  • 4 crs. H500, History of Historical Thought or H501, Historical Methodology: This course should be taken early in one’s graduate program and must be taken as a part of the student’s initial fifteen (15) graduate credits toward the degree.
  • 4 crs. H650, Colloquium in U.S. History
  • 4 crs. H750, Seminar in U.S. History
  • 3 crs. minimum, in non-U.S. History course 
  • 9 crs. elective (maximum of 6 crs. outside history; maximum of 3 crs. in non-U.S. history)
  • 6 crs. H898, M.A. Thesis

Foreign Language

There is no foreign language requirement for the degree per se.  However, those students who will incorporate foreign language documents and scholarship in their graduate work will be expected to translate non-English sources.  They must thus demonstrate an appropriate level of competence in the relevant language before they begin work on their thesis.  The Director of Graduate Studies and the student’s advisor may require the student to take additional coursework.

European History: Course Requirements

  • 30 crs. of which a minimum of 24 must be in history; of the 24 history credits, 18 credits must be at the 500 level or above. These credits must be distributed as follows:
  • 4 crs. H500, History of Historical Thought or H501, Historical Methodology: This course should be taken early in one’s graduate program and must be taken as a part of the student’s initial fifteen (15) graduate credits toward the degree.
  • 4 crs. 600-level European History Colloquium
  • 4 crs. 700-level European History Seminar
  • 3 crs. minimum, non-European History
  • 9 crs. elective (maximum of 6 crs. outside history; maximum of 3 crs. in non-European history)
  • 6 crs. H898, M.A. Thesis

Foreign Language

All students concentrating in European history should expect to demonstrate competence in a foreign language, ideally upon application to the program.  (Competence is defined as two years of undergraduate course work with a grade of B or better in the final semester, or demonstration of an equivalent reading proficiency in an approved foreign language exam.)  Students considering the possibility of going on for a PhD should recognize that competence in at least one and sometimes two foreign languages is often a requirement in history doctoral programs

Dual Degrees

  • Public History and MLS
  • US History and MLS
  • European History
  • Public History and Philanthropy
  • US History and Philanthropy
  • European History and Philanthropy

Public History and MLS

Study for these two degrees can be combined for a total of 53 credit hours rather than the 66 credit hours required for the two degrees taken separately.

Students take 23 credit hours in history, which must include History H547 (Archives), one graduate seminar, and one graduate colloquium. No thesis is required for students earning an M.A. degree in history who are also earning a Masters in Library Science under this dual degree program. However, they must satisfy the foreign language proficiency admission requirement.

No area of concentration is required, but students wishing to focus on public history for the M.A. in history must also include History H542 among the required 23 credit hours of history course work. Such students may, if they wish, do a public history internship and count a maximum of 2 credit hours of H543 toward the degree (students may enroll in H543 only after having taken or while taking H542).

The remaining 30 credit hours are library science courses as detailed in the Bulletin of the School of Library and Information Science.

Admission to each of the two masters programs is approved separately on the same basis as for other applicants not in the dual program. For more information on the M.L.S./M.A. Program you may contact Melanie Hollcraft, University Libraries, UL 3100, 755 W. Michigan St., Indianapolis, IN 46202; phone 317-278-2375.

US History and MLS

Study for these two degrees can be combined for a total of 53 credit hours rather than the 66 credit hours required for the two degrees taken separately.

Students take 23 credit hours in history, which must include History H547 (Archives), one graduate seminar, and one graduate colloquium. No thesis is required for students earning an M.A. degree in history who are also earning a Masters in Library Science under this dual degree program. However, they must satisfy the foreign language proficiency admission requirement.

No area of concentration is required, but students wishing to focus on public history for the M.A. in history must also include History H542 among the required 23 credit hours of history course work. Such students may, if they wish, do a public history internship and count a maximum of 2 credit hours of H543 toward the degree (students may enroll in H543 only after having taken or while taking H542).

The remaining 30 credit hours are library science courses as detailed in the Bulletin of the School of Library and Information Science.

Admission to each of the two masters programs is approved separately on the same basis as for other applicants not in the dual program. For more information on the M.L.S./M.A. Program you may contact Melanie Hollcraft, University Libraries, UL 3100, 755 W. Michigan St., Indianapolis, IN 46202; phone 317-278-2375.

European History and MLS

Study for these two degrees can be combined for a total of 53 credit hours rather than the 66 credit hours required for the two degrees taken separately.

Students take 23 credit hours in history, which must include History H547 (Archives), one graduate seminar, and one graduate colloquium. No thesis is required for students earning an M.A. degree in history who are also earning a Masters in Library Science under this dual degree program. However, they must satisfy the foreign language proficiency admission requirement.

No area of concentration is required, but students wishing to focus on public history for the M.A. in history must also include History H542 among the required 23 credit hours of history course work. Such students may, if they wish, do a public history internship and count a maximum of 2 credit hours of H543 toward the degree (students may enroll in H543 only after having taken or while taking H542).

The remaining 30 credit hours are library science courses as detailed in the Bulletin of the School of Library and Information Science.

Admission to each of the two masters programs is approved separately on the same basis as for other applicants not in the dual program. For more information on the M.L.S./M.A. Program you may contact Melanie Hollcraft, University Libraries, UL 3100, 755 W. Michigan St., Indianapolis, IN 46202; phone 317-278-2375.

Public History and Philanthropy

Study for these two degrees can be combined for a total of 51 credit hours (U.S. or European history concentration) or 54 credit hours (Public History concentration).

Required history courses include: H500, History of Historical Thought or H501, Historical Methodology; a 600-level colloquium; a 700-level seminar; and several electives (some of which also fulfill Philanthropic Studies requirements). Students selecting a Public History concentration will also take H542, Public History and H543, Practicum in Public History (which also meets the Philanthropic Studies internship requirement). A common thesis meets the requirements of both departments.

Admission requirements for this dual degree program are identical to those for each program separately. A separate application must be made to each of the programs, and prospective students should take note of the differing admission requirements and deadlines of each department.

For further information and greater detail regarding the curriculum for this dual degree, contact the history department’s Director of Graduate Studies (address and phone below) or the Director of Academic Programs, IU Center on Philanthropy, 550 W. North Street - Suite 301, Indianapolis, IN 46202-3162; phone 317-274-8490.

US History and Philanthropy

Study for these two degrees can be combined for a total of 51 credit hours (U.S. or European history concentration) or 54 credit hours (Public History concentration).

Required history courses include: H500, History of Historical Thought or H501, Historical Methodology; a 600-level colloquium; a 700-level seminar; and several electives (some of which also fulfill Philanthropic Studies requirements). Students selecting a Public History concentration will also take H542, Public History and H543, Practicum in Public History (which also meets the Philanthropic Studies internship requirement). A common thesis meets the requirements of both departments.

Admission requirements for this dual degree program are identical to those for each program separately. A separate application must be made to each of the programs, and prospective students should take note of the differing admission requirements and deadlines of each department.

For further information and greater detail regarding the curriculum for this dual degree, contact the history department’s Director of Graduate Studies (address and phone below) or the Director of Academic Programs, IU Center on Philanthropy, 550 W. North Street - Suite 301, Indianapolis, IN 46202-3162; phone 317-274-8490.

European History and Philanthropy

Study for these two degrees can be combined for a total of 51 credit hours (U.S. or European history concentration) or 54 credit hours (Public History concentration).

Required history courses include: H500, History of Historical Thought or H501, Historical Methodology; a 600-level colloquium; a 700-level seminar; and several electives (some of which also fulfill Philanthropic Studies requirements). Students selecting a Public History concentration will also take H542, Public History and H543, Practicum in Public History (which also meets the Philanthropic Studies internship requirement). A common thesis meets the requirements of both departments.

Admission requirements for this dual degree program are identical to those for each program separately. A separate application must be made to each of the programs, and prospective students should take note of the differing admission requirements and deadlines of each department.

For further information and greater detail regarding the curriculum for this dual degree, contact the history department’s Director of Graduate Studies (address and phone below) or the Director of Academic Programs, IU Center on Philanthropy, 550 W. North Street - Suite 301, Indianapolis, IN 46202-3162; phone 317-274-8490.

Other Areas of Concentration: Course Requirements

A student may consider another area of concentration besides U.S., European, and Public History, or the dual degree programs, if faculty and library resources permit and with the approval of the graduate director. The field of study must meet the following minimum course requirements:

  • 30 crs. of which a minimum of 24 must be in history; of the 24 crs., 18 must be at the 500 level or above. These credits must be distributed as follows:
  • 4 crs. H500, History of Historical Thought or H501, Historical Methodology
  • 4 crs. 600-level colloquium in area of concentration
  • 4 crs. 700-level seminar in area of concentration
  • 9 crs. electives (maximum of 6 crs. outside history)
  • 3 crs. minimum in courses outside area of speciality
  • 6 crs. H898 M.A. Thesis

Ph.D. Minor in History

Students in other departments may minor in history by completing, with a grade point average no lower than B (3.0), at least 12 credit hours of course work in history. A minimum of 6 credit hours must be taken on the Indianapolis campus.

This course work shall include:

  • HIST H501, Historical Methodology (4 cr.)
  • Either a 600-level colloquium (e.g., HIST H620, H650) (4 cr.) or a 700-level seminar (e.g., HIST H730, H750) (4 cr.)
  • At least 4 additional credit hours (which may include a maximum of 3 cr. of HIST H575, Graduate Readings in History)