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2008-2009 Graduate Catalog 
2008-2009 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Language and Literature 100

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Faculty and Staff

 Karen J. Blair
Coordinator: Daniel Herman

Karen J. Blair, 20th Century U.S., women’s history

Associate Professors
James Cook, East Asia
Roxanne Easley, Russia, Eastern Europe
Daniel Herman, U.S. pre 1877
Thomas Wellock, contemporary U.S., environmental, American West

Assistant Professors
Michael Ervin, Latin America
Jason Knirck, Western Europe

Emeritus Professors
Beverly Heckart, German, Europe
Kent Richards, American West, Pacific Northwest

Kathy Sala, secretary

Admission Requirements

In addition to general regulations for admission to master’s programs, students with insufficient preparation who desire admission to programs in history may be required to take additional work before being admitted to graduate programs. Students admitted are required to demonstrate an ability to discover and interpret historical evidence and to write cogently and lucidly.

Master of Arts History

The purpose of the program offered by the history department is to develop graduates possessing a range of historical knowledge and special competency in a particular area. Students receive systematic training in historical methods, sources, tools, and the interpretation of history. It is a further purpose of the program to train students for lives of productive scholarship and stimulating teaching as well as non-academic pursuits where historical background is required. Finally, in recognition that all students do not have the same objective, the M.A. degree program contains three options designed to suit different objectives. To achieve the purposes of the program, students will enroll in research seminars, historiography, reading courses, and lecture courses where needed. The individual’s program will be established in consultation with a graduate committee.


  1. Attainment of undergraduate major in history.
  2. Attainment of a 3.0 cumulative GPA for undergraduate work and a 3.25 GPA or better in the history major. Applicants with a GPA deficiency may petition the history department graduate committee for special consideration.
  3. Students whose undergraduate major was in a subject other than history, but who nevertheless wish to complete a history graduate degree, must have completed at least 20 undergraduate, upper division history credits with a GPA of 3.0 or better prior to full admission to the graduate program.
  4. Endorsement of the applicant by the history graduate committee.
  5. Submission of official GRE scores for the general examination.

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