B.A./M.A. Program in History

This is an accelerated five-year BA/MA program. After successfully completing this program, a student will receive a bachelor’s degree as well as a master’s degree in history. Under the supervision of faculty advisors in history, a student in the program will finish the core course requirements and most of the electives for the bachelor’s degree in the first three years.

During the third year of the baccalaureate degree a student will formally apply to the program through the Graduate School. Upon acceptance, a student will be cleared to complete the remaining electives of the bachelor’s degree and 30 credits of graduate work for the master’s degree in the last two years. A student will be eligible for a graduate assistantship only in these last two years and must be registered for at least nine graduate credits in each of those semesters.


Undergraduate Coursework: Bachelor of Arts in History

- The General Education requirement*

- The second year of a foreign language.

- A minimum of 32 credits of history courses, which includes:

Core requirements:

3400: 310: Historical Methods (3 credits)

At least 6 credits from each of the following fields:

Field I (United States and Canada)

Field II (Europe)

Field III (Ancient, Asia, Latin America, Africa)

Additional elective credits to total at least 32 credits**

Upper-level requirement:***

At least 16 credits towards the History major must be from 300/400 level upper-division courses, of which a minimum of six credits must be at the 400-level, and in two different fields.

Graduate Coursework:

In the fourth year:

689 Historiography (fall semester)

Plus any two courses which offer credit at both the 400 and 500 levels. The student will take these at the 500 level, but will receive credit for them at BOTH the undergraduate and graduate levels.

In the fifth year, a student chooses one of three options:

Option I — Three reading seminars, one followed by a writing seminar, with the writing seminar paper read and approved by two faculty members.

Option II — Two reading-writing seminar sequences under different professors, with the writing seminar paper of the student’s choice read and approved by two faculty members.

Option III — Two reading seminars, one writing seminar, and a thesis which must be read and approved by two faculty members.

(Students intending to go on to doctoral work should select option II or III, preferably Option III).

To complete the BA/MA program, a student must:

- Finish all undergraduate General Education Requirements

- Complete the second year (or its equivalent) of a foreign language

- Earn 32 undergraduate credits in history

- Earn 30 graduate credits in history (not including 690 TEACHING PRACTICUM)

- Pass written comprehensive examinations in at least two fields from the following list:

East Asia
South Asia
Europe, Renaissance to 1815
Europe, 1750 to the Present
Middle East
America to 1877
History of Science
United States since 1877
World History
Latin America
Public History

- Earn at least seven credits in a third field from this list or in a cognate field approved by the director of graduate studies.

* Courses in World Civilizations, as well as Humanities in the Western Tradition (3400:210) and Humanities in the World since 1300 (3400: 221) may not be used to meet major requirements in History.

** With the approval of the History Department Undergraduate adviser, a History major may apply up to six credits of course work in related disciplines (cognate courses) toward the 32 credits required for the History major. Cognate credit, however, shall not be substituted for either Historical Methods or for the field distribution requirement specified above.

*** Transfer students must take a minimum of history 14 credits at UA and must have a minimum of 6 credits in 300-400 level classes.

More Information

Program Contact:

Prof. Martha Santos
Department of History
(330) 972-2686

Contact Us

T: (330) 972-7006
F: (330) 972-5840

The University of Akron
Department of History
Arts and Sciences 216
Akron, Ohio 44325-1902

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