History, M.A.


Master of Arts in History


About the Degree

Graduate students in history at The University of Akron work individually with faculty who are active researchers as well as accomplished teachers. This personal approach gives students valuable opportunities to learn both by watching and by doing, and to work in a wide range of historical subjects and research methods. The atmosphere is collegial and professional, with department seminars providing a forum for lively and constructive debate.

The goal of the M.A. is to focus students’ attention in a few areas to develop substantial knowledge in those fields. Study should lead to an awareness of a variety of research methods and interpretations, enhancing skills in research, analysis, and writing. The master’s program provides an enrichment of knowledge beyond undergraduate work that will contribute to students’ success as teachers, historical practitioners, journalists, law students, business and government decision-makers, and citizens.

History M.A. students need to pass written comprehensive examinations in at least two fields of specialization and they need to complete coursework in an additional field from the following list:

  • Ancient: History of the ancient world.
  • Medieval: Social, cultural, and political history of Medieval Europe until 1500.
  • Europe, Renaissance to 1750: Social, cultural, and political history of Early Modern Europe.
  • Europe, 1750 to present: Social, cultural, and political history of Europe from 1750 to the present.
  • America to 1877: Colonial American History.
  • United States since 1877: Modern American History.
  • History of Science: A field focusing on the historicaldevelopment of science and scientific knowledge, including natural and social sciences. 
  • Public History: A field that focuses on coursework, research and internships that prepare students to work outside of academic settings, in venues such as museums, historical societies, public policy organizations and media.
  • World History: A field that emphasizes connections in global events, ideas, political and artistic trends since 1300.
  • Comparative Non-Western History: A field that combines coursework and research on a common theme in two non-western fields, among them: Middle East, China, Latin America, Africa, South Asia.

Fulfillment of one field requires 7 credits.

During the course of the MA program, students take courses on Historiography (methods and theories of historical interpretation), research seminars, as well as seminars and slash courses in three fields of History, as detailed in the previous item.


Salary and Career Outlook

Most of our MA graduates are successful in their applications into PhD programs in History at prestigious universities. In the recent past, our MA graduates have been admitted and funded (through teaching or research assistantships) at Duke University, Marquette University, the University of Minnesota, Texas Christian University, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and Southern Methodist University.

In addition, students who earn MAs in History pursue careers as educators in the public school system or in private schools, careers as researchers in cultural organizations and policy think tanks, careers as archivists in museums, libraries and historical societies, and careers in business.

Most of our MA graduates are successful in their applications into Ph.D. programs in History at prestigious universities. In the recent past, our MA graduates have been admitted and funded (through teaching or research assistantships) at Duke University, Marquette University, the University of Minnesota, Texas Christian University, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and Southern Methodist University.

In addition, students who earn MAs in History pursue careers as educators in the public school system or in private schools, careers as researchers in cultural organizations and policy think tanks, careers as archivists in museums, libraries and historical societies, and careers in business.


Why Akron?

  • Our graduate program’s small size ensures individualized attention and considerable flexibility in designing students’ plan of study.
  • The requirement that students specialize in three different fields allows students to develop a well-rounded education and to be exposed to a variety of historical fields. Due to the wide-range of field specializations of our faculty, our students focus their studies on a combination of thematic and geographical/temporal fields.
  • The three-field requirement also allows students to explore a variety of regions/geographical fields, which provides a more global focus for their career/academic training.
  • Our students have the opportunity to study, research abroad, and develop contacts with faculty at our partner university in Le Mans, France, l’Université du Maine.
  • Because we strive to fund as many full-time MA students as we can through teaching assistantships, this program provides teaching experience, which places students at an advantage as potential candidates for PhD programs and also in future careers in teaching.
  • The University of Akron’s History faculty has the highest rate of book and article publications of any public university in northern Ohio.


Contact Information

            Graduate Coordinator:           Dr. Martha Santos

                                                            College of Arts and Sciences, Room 207A

                                                            santos@uakron.edu

                                                            (330) 972-2686

            Graduate School:                   Heather Blake

                                                           Polsky Building, Room 467

                                                           hblake@uakron.edu          

                                                           (330) 972-7664