M.A. in History

Please note that the official FIU Graduate Catalog provides the most complete and accurate description of degree requirements. Be sure to consult the Catalog in History for the year of admission when determining courses for degree.

Description and Goals

The Department of History offers students the ability to concentrate in one of four culture areas: Africa, Europe, Latin America or the United States. They pursue the Master of Arts by following either a Report Option, a Thesis Option, or a Public History Option. These are referred to as "MA Tracks." The degree requirements vary according to the MA Track taken. Students wishing to pursue a doctorate in Atlantic History at FIU must make a separate application to the Ph.D. program upon completing the MA program.

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I. Courses

General Distribution Requirements:

Students select one Core Area for concentration in African, European, Latin American, or US history. In general, twelve (12) semester hours of course work must be taken within the Core Area. Students also select a Breadth Area. Six (6) semester hours of course work must be taken within the Breadth Area. These classes may be courses taken in the Department of History which are outside of the student's Core Area, or in associated disciplines outside of the Department (with approval), or a combination of the two.

General Coursework Requirements:

  • Total program coursework will include a minimum of 30 semester-hours, including a maximum of six (6) semester-hours of thesis credit.
  • One two-semester Research Seminar sequence (total of 6 credits)
  • All students are required to take Historical Methods, His 6059 (not transferable from another program)


  • Students are normally limited to three semester hours of Independent Study (HIS 5908), and cannot exceed a maximum of six, which requires written approval of Graduate Director.
  • Students must receive the grade of B or better for any course to be counted toward the degree.
  • No more than 6 semester hours of HIS 5930 (Special Topics)
  • No more than one research seminar per semester
  • No graduate-level cross-listed courses already taken at the undergraduate level.
  • All coursework must be taken at FIU.

II. MA Tracks

A. Report Option

  • A total of 30 semester-hours of coursework are needed for the MA degree with Report Option.
  • The Report Option does not need to be taken in a course in the student's selected Core Area of geographic specialization.
  • Students will design their distribution needs in consultation with their advisor and the relevant faculty.
  • All courses must be taken in the Department of History at FIU.
  • Students must complete one two-semester research seminar (6 credits). Students will revise the paper produced in the seminar, called "the report," and submit it to the Graduate Committee for final approval. For reports judged to be outstanding according to Department criteria, research seminar professors may render final approval, and the research seminar paper submitted can serve to satisfy the report option requirement. Presently, the Department requires a grade of A- or A on the paper to be judged "outstanding; " all other reports must be revised for submission to the Graduate Committee.
  • Students planning on graduating in the same semester as they present their "report" should communicate this to the supervising faculty member to ensure enough time to revise, if necessary.

B. Thesis Option

  • Students will register for at least six (6) semester-hours of HIS 6970 (Thesis Research). (No more than 6 credits will be counted toward the degree.)
  • The student must compile a Thesis Committee of three faculty members, including one Thesis Director, and defend a Thesis Proposal before registering for Thesis Research.
  • The completed thesis must be successfully defended and formally approved by the Committee.
  • The degree candidate will prepare the thesis in accordance with the regulations stipulated in the University's Graduate Policies Manual. The degree will be conferred after the approval of the final version of the thesis by the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and its acceptance by the Division of Graduate Studies.
  • Reading competence in a language other than English. Language competency is assessed by the faculty of the Department of History, as appropriate. Courses required to meet the language competency requirement do not count toward the degree. The language required differs depending upon the field of concentration. Consult your advisor and the catalog for details.

C. Degree Requirements: Internship in Public History Option

  • A total of 30 credit hours, of which no more than 6 can be in independent Study tied to an internship in the fields of Museum Studies or Public History
  • A minimum of one, two-semester sequence of a Research Seminar (6 hours)
  • Historical Methods (HIS 6059)
  • At least 2 of the following 3 courses: HIS 5067 (Public History), HIS 5084 (Museum History), AFH 5850 (Introduction to Museum Studies—offered by the Department of Art & Art History).
  • The remaining elective courses should be selected in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies.
  • Public Defense of Internship Portfolio

For information on the Public History Internship, please contact Professor April Merleaux, Public History Advisor.

Students pursuing the Internship in Public History Option may also wish to earn the Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies offered in Art & Art History.