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. Career 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:
Archaeologist Archivist/librarian Attorney Collections manager College professor/instructor Documentary editor Foreign service officer Genealogy consultant Government worker Historian Historic consultant Historic site administrator/tour guide Intelligence officer Journalist Legal researcher Legislative staffer Market analyst Middle or high school teacher Museum curator Paralegal Park ranger Preservationist Public relations/communications director Researcher 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 UNC-Greensboro University of Buffalo University of Kentucky University of North Carolina University of Tennessee