M.A. Program Requirements

The M.A. is conferred upon students who meet the requirements listed below for either Plan I or Plan II within six years of entering Lehigh. The M. A. may be either a terminal degree or a step toward the doctorate. Those wishing to go on for a Ph.D. at Lehigh or at another institution should apply to pursue Plan I, with the principal requirement being that they must have the agreement of a faculty adviser who will direct the thesis. All students must maintain a 3.3 grade point average on Lehigh's 4.0 scale. Students must submit a Program for Master's Degree as soon as possible after they have completed 15 credits toward their degree.

Plan I requires the successful completion of 27 hours of course work and the preparation of an acceptable thesis for which the student receives three hours credit. The thesis must be written under the direction of a member of the History Department. It must be read by at least one member of the department other than the director and accepted by both.

Plan II requires the successful completion of 30 hours of course work and passing written comprehensive examinations in two fields, to be determined by the student and two faculty advisers. M.A. students who choose Plan II must notify the Program Director and discuss the nature of the exams with the relevant faculty at least one semester before scheduling the exams. One faculty member will administer the examination in each field. If the student fails either or both exams, he or she may retake the failed exam(s) once, after consultation with the faculty member(s) who administered the exam(s).

Graduate Courses Offered
HIST 401. Historical Research (3)
Techniques of research in history: training in the critical handling of documentary materials, in measuring the value of evidence, and in formal presentation of the results of research. Students will write an original research paper using primary materials. Required of all graduate students in history.

HIST 404. Readings in the History of the Atlantic World, 1500-1900 (3)
Core readings offering a comparative and integrative approach to studying the development of nations, economic systems and trade, colonization, and cultural encounters among the people of Europe, Africa, and the Americas.

HIST 405. Readings in the History of Industrial America (3)
Core readings in the history of technology and the larger framework of intellectual, social, economic, and political history. Includes comparative studies in the history of industrializing Europe and Japan.

HIST 407. Seminar in the History of American Industrial Technology (3)
Origin and evolution of American technology and industry from the 19th century to the present. Investigates dynamics of major industries in national and international context. Not open to students who have taken HIST 307. Smith

HIST 438. Techniques in Public History (2 or 3)
Designed to introduce students to a variety of public history techniques. Instructor will focus on one of the following topics each term: archives, documentary film, exhibit design, historical editing, material culture, oral history. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 credits.

HIST 440. Readings in Colonial American History (3)
Study in small groups under the guidance of a faculty member of the literature of the 17th and 18th centuries. May be repeated for credit with the permission of the faculty advisor.

HIST 441. Readings in Nineteenth Century American History (3)
Study in small groups under the guidance of a faculty member of the literature of the 19th century. May be repeated for credit with the permission of the faculty advisor.

HIST 442. Readings in Twentieth Century American History (3)
Study in small groups under the guidance of a faculty member of the literature of the 20th century. May be repeated for credit with permission of the faculty advisor.

HIST 443. Readings in English History (3)
Study in small groups, under the guidance of a faculty member, of the literature of a particular period, problem, or area of English history. May be repeated for credit with permission of the faculty advisor.

HIST 444. Readings in Latin American History (3)
Study in small groups, under the guidance of a faculty member, of the literature of a particular period, problem, or area of Latin American history. May be repeated for credit with permission of the faculty advisor.

HIST 445. Readings in the History of Science (3)
Study in small groups under the guidance of a faculty member on the history of science. May be repeated for credit with permission of the faculty advisor.

HIST 446. Readings in the History of Technology (3)
Study in small groups under the guidance of a faculty member of the history of technology. May be repeated for credit with the permission of the faculty advisor.

HIST 447. Readings in European History (3)
Study in small groups, under the guidance of a faculty member, of the literature of a particular period, problem or aspect of European history. May be repeated for credit with permission of the faculty advisor.

HIST 452. Research in American History (3)
An intensive research seminar on a phase of American history. May be repeated for credit with permission of the department chair.

HIST 453. Research in English History (3)
An intensive research seminar on a phase of English history. May be repeated for credit with permission of the department chair.

HIST 454. Research in Latin American History (3)
An intensive research seminar on a phase of Latin American history. May be repeated for credit with permission of the department chair.

HIST 455. Research in History of Science and Technology (3)
An intensive research seminar on a phase or aspect of the history of science and technology. May be repeated for credit with permission of the department chair.

HIST 457. Research in European History (3)
An intensive research seminar on a phase of European history. May be repeated for credit with permission of the department chair.

HIST 471. Special Topics in History (1-3)
Individual study under the direction of a faculty member of a topic in history. May be repeated for credit.

HIST 472. Special Topics in History (1-3)
Individual study under the direction of a faculty member of a topic in history. May be repeated for credit.

HIST 473. Special Topics in History (1-3)
Individual study under the direction of a faculty member of a topic in history. May be repeated for credit.

HIST 481. Teaching History (1)