M.A. Program General Description
The Kent State University Department of History offers a variety of options for students seeking an M.A. in history.
All M.A. students regardless of their major program area hone their skills in critical reading/thinking, discussion, primary source analysis, and analytical writing. The core of the M.A. program, regardless of concentration, consists of reading colloquia and writing seminars. All students also complete required courses in historiography and historical research methods.
Students intending to go on for doctoral work complete an M.A. thesis demonstrating their capacity for original history research.
(thesis options with and without course work in a cognate discipline and a non-thesis option)
(thesis and non-thesis option)
Public History prepares students for work in museums, historical societies, business and wherever the expertise of a professional historian is needed. The interdisciplinary program includes at least one internship.
M.A. Public History in National Parks (with CVNP)
Our collaboration with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park includes internships in the park, as well as courses on Public History and its application to national parks.
M.A. Public History in Cultural Landscapes (with the University of Wurzburg)
Students will study and compare how local history is defined and presented in Kent, Wurzburg, and Florence to better understand the transitional nature of local and public history. Some knowledge of German language is preferred.