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  Aug 19, 2017
 
2017-2018 Bulletin

History, MA


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Students admitted to the Master of Arts in History should refer to the History Student Handbook for the year in which they begin the program for complete details. 

Degree Requirements

Degree requirements for the program include the following.

  • 40 units of coursework (HIST 300 is required), with a grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better
  • One substantive research paper from a CGU history class; based on primary sources
  • One foreign language
  • Thesis

University Policies.  University policies detailed in the Academic Policies  section of the Bulletin apply.

Master’s Along the Way to the Doctorate

Although rare, the student admitted to the doctoral program with only a bachelor’s degree is eligible to apply for a Master’s degree along the way to the doctorate.  This opportunity, however, is not available if the student already has a Master’s in History from another institution.  The student is not eligible to apply for another MA in History from CGU.

Students who wish to receive an MA while working toward the PhD should write a letter to the History faculty stating their intention.  Students should have completed 40 units of required master’s degree graduate courses at CGU, passed the foreign language exam, and written two substantive research papers using primary historical resources in CGU history courses for which the student received grades of B+ or better.

American Studies Concentration


Student will work closely with a faculty advisor to pursue an intellectually unified course of study that will include seminars in their department as well as seminars cross-listed with participating CGU departments and The Claremont Colleges. A minimum of four seminars should be taken in the student’s home department, and a minimum of two seminars in other disciplines. Interested students should discuss this concentration with their advisor.

Note: in some cases, fulfilling the requirements of this concentration as well as the core requirements for the student’s degree may involve additional units or Research Tools.  Students should always consult with their academic advisor before adding a concentration to their degree program.

 

Continental Philosophy Concentration


Requirements for the concentration are:

  • Four courses in Kantian and post-Kantian continental philosophy with the approval of advisor (Note: the presumption is that pre-Kantian philosophies will not be considered a course in continental although, on an individual basis, may be considered upon the recommendation of the instructor)
  • Capstone/final paper on continental thought (for Philosophy or Cultural Studies MA only)
  • For Philosophy PhD students, one folio paper in the area of continental thought
  • French or German as a Research Tool

Note: in some cases, fulfilling the requirements of this concentration as well as the core requirements for the student’s degree may involve additional units or Research Tools.  Students should always consult with their academic advisor before adding a concentration to their degree program.

Early Modern Studies Concentration


The Early Modern Studies concentration encompasses study in the disciplines of English, History, and Philosophy, while retaining disciplinary focus in one of those fields.  Students interested in this concentration should consult with Dr. Lori Anne Ferrell.

For master’s students, this discrete course of study complements coursework in archival and museum studies and/or prepares students for application to doctoral programs in early modern, Renaissance, or Reformation literature, history, or philosophy.

For doctoral students, the concentration prepares students for research and teaching at the college or university level.

Coursework 

Coursework requirements complement and do not replace departmental/program requirements, and are as follows:

  • Five courses in the early modern period (for English or History, 1500-1750 | for Philosophy, 1600-1800), of which two courses must be in a discipline other than the one in which the student is receiving the degree.
  • Course in Paleography
  • Course in Latin Reading (this course is not required but may be taken for credit; fulfillment of the research tool in Latin is by exam only)
  • One course or workshop based upon bibliographic inquiry into the extensive collections of modern print and manuscripts housed in the Special Collections of the The Claremont Colleges Library

Research Tools 

For MA students, the Early Modern Studies concentration requires a second Research Tool.  The two Research Tools for the concentration must be completed through language exams in German or French and in Latin.  If a Latin Reading course is taken in preparation for the exam, this course may be used for credit toward the degree/concentration.

For PhD students, the Early Modern Studies concentration requires a third Research Tool.  The three Research Tools for the concentration must be completed through language exams in German, French, and Latin.  If a Latin Reading course is taken in preparation for the exam, this course may be used for credit toward the degree/concentration.

Note: in some cases, fulfilling the requirements of this concentration as well as the core requirements for the student’s degree may involve additional units or Research Tools.  Students should always consult with their academic advisor before adding a concentration to their degree program.

European Studies Concentration


The European Studies concentration provides students new and traditional methods of research and equips them with the skills to teach general courses in European civilization, humanities, interdisciplinary subjects, and specialized areas of Euopean cultural and intellectual history. An emphasis is placed on modern and early modern European culture and intellectual history.

Hemispheric and Transnational Studies Concentration


Requirements for the concentration are:

Requirements

For MA Students
  • 16 units in seminars designated as “hemispheric or transnational” in scope
  • A capstone/final paper  (in Cultural Studies only) on hemispheric or transnational literatures or cultural theories
  • One language requirement (Research Tool) in Spanish, French, Portuguese, or Creole (other languages may be considered by student request.) 
For PhD Students  
  • 16 units in seminars designated as “hemispheric or transnational” in scope
  • A capstone/final paper  (in Cultural Studies only) on hemispheric or transnational literatures or cultural theories
  • One language requirement (Research Tool) in Spanish, French, Portuguese, or Creole (other languages may be considered by student request.)
  • Either a major or a minor qualifying field examination in Hemispheric/Transnational Studies (determined in consultation with the advisor).

Note: in some cases, fulfilling the requirements of this concentration as well as the core requirements for the student’s degree may involve additional units or Research Tools.  Students should always consult with their academic advisor before adding a concentration to their degree program.

 

Media Studies Concentration


Coursework. 12 units of approved Media Studies courses, taught by faculty of CGU or The Claremont Colleges, are required. For Cultural Studies students, one of the student’s Research Methods courses must be int he field of Media Studies.

Internship. A four-unit Internship course is optional. Internships are scheduled for approximately 100 hours.

Note: in some cases, fulfilling the requirements of this concentration as well as the core requirements for the student’s degree may involve additional units or Research Tools. Students should always consult with their academic advisor before adding a concentration to their degree program.

Museum Studies Concentration


Coursework. 8 units of approved courses in Museum Theory and History are required.

Internship. A four-unit Internship is optional. Internships are scheduled for approximately 100 hours.

Note: in some cases, fulfilling the requirements of this concentration as well as the core requirements for the student’s degree may involve additional units or Research Tools. Students should always consult with their academic advisor before adding a concentration to their degree program.

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