Option D: Coordinated MA/MLIS Program

Students in this program concurrently pursue a Master of Arts in History and a Master of Library and Information Science degree, which are awarded simultaneously.

Course Work

Minimum degree requirement is 24 graduate credits. Course distribution requirements are the same as those for Option A and B above, but 3 of the elective credits for Option A and 6 of the elective credits for Option B can be selected from ...

  • L&I SCI 650 (Introduction to Modern Archives Administration);
  • L&I SCI 850 (Seminar in Modern Archives Administration); 
  • L&I SCI 752 (Archival Outreach: Programs and Services); 
  • L&I SCI 750 (Arrangement and Description in Archives); and
  • L&I SCI 759 (Fieldwork in Archives and Manuscripts). 

For both Option A and Option B 18 credits must be taken in History graduate courses.

Academic Review

Within the first semester after completing 9 credits (including two of the following courses: 712, 713, a colloquium and/or seminar), MA/MLIS students must request an Academic Review from your Major Professor in the History Department. The Review involves an evaluation of your academic progress in master's course work, and of two unrevised course papers. At your Review, you and your advisor will discuss the thesis and comprehensive exam options, consider two other faculty members who could serve either on your comprehensive examination or thesis committee, and begin to identify some books for your examination reading list, or begin to conceptualize a thesis. After this review, you and your advisor should complete the Advisor Designation and Academic Review Form and return it to the Director of Graduate Studies.

Preparing the Comprehensive Examination Reading List

You may take the exam in one of the following areas: Ancient; Medieval; Early Modern Europe; Europe since 1815; United States; global; and African, Asian, Latin American and/or Middle Eastern history. Your examination committee will help you prepare a reading list of between 25 and 30 books for this exam. Once your committee approves of this list, you and the committee members must complete the "Comprehensive Examination Reading List Approval Form" and return it to the Director of Graduate Studies.

Comprehensive Examination

You may schedule the exam at any time during the semester. The written exam is a three hour open-book, open-note exam in Holton Hall, without the use of a computer. Usually, one question is historiographical and asks students to discuss how historians have interpreted a particular subject in the student’s field of interest. A second question usually asks students to discuss a significant historical question about the student’s field. You should schedule the one-hour oral defense in consultation with your committee within ten days of the written exam. In this defense, you may be asked to elaborate on your essays, or to discuss subjects in your major fields that were not examined in the essay examination.

Optional Thesis

Not required, but with the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies, you may substitute a thesis for the comprehensive examination requirement. If you choose this option, you must use the 3 elective credits and take an additional 3 credits in thesis beyond the 24 required credits in History. MA/MLIS students who write a thesis are subject to all of the requirements for preparing a thesis listed above for the General History Option A.