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MTSU's Master of Arts in History program is grounded in well-developed skills in research, writing, and critical thinking. Students may choose a major field in U.S. or European history while pursuing the degree. Master's candidates get to select from graduate readings seminars that are chronologically and topically based, with a focus on the historiography of each field. All students take a common core of courses in historiography and historical research methods. Research seminars teach students how to conduct effective and significant inquiry into primary source records and how to ground their work in the existing historical literature. Thesis and non-thesis options are offered. Global history coursework may serve for the minor field.
Graduates with master's degrees in history have the training to work not only as a historian, but also in a variety of other fields. In addition to writing, teaching, or preserving history, historians may find occupational opportunities in corporate, government, or non-profit settings. Professional possibilities, with some requiring additional studies, include:

Collections manager
College professor/instructor
Documentary editor
Foreign service officer
Genealogy consultant
Government worker
Historic consultant
Historic site administrator/tour guide
Intelligence officer
Legal researcher
Legislative staffer
Market analyst
Middle or high school teacher
Museum curator
Park ranger
Public relations/communications director
Scholarly publishing
Technical writer

For more information on careers for M.A. in History graduates, please see the Organization of American Historian's publication, "Careers for Students of History."

Employers of MTSU alumni include:

The Dunham School (Baton Rouge, La.)
Graceland University
Middle Tennessee State University
Nashville State Community College
New Mexico Military Institute
Pinnacle Financial Partners
S.O.C.M. (Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment)
Tennessee National Guard

M.A. History graduates have been admitted to Ph.D. programs at many fine universities such as:

Kent State University
Middle Tennessee State University
Northwestern University
Notre Dame
Texas A&M University
University of Buffalo
University of Kentucky
University of North Carolina
University of Tennessee





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