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Graduate Programs

The Department of History offers in its graduate program an outstanding opportunity for those seeking professional training in history. Featuring a quality faculty, intimate classes, and close personal advisement in a historic setting, a learning environment has been created that at once challenges and nurtures the aspiring student. Moreover, graduate aid and internships are available for both financial support and direct experience as a historian.

GRADUATE STUDENT HIGHLIGHT
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Four areas of concentration are available: United States, African American, African, and European history, and there are two degree programs: A Masters of Arts and a Doctorate of Arts in the Humanities with a concentration in history. Admission to both is contingent upon completion of the GRE, a Bachelor's degree with a grade point average of "B" or above in history or a related field. In addition, the doctoral program requires the completion of a Master's degree in history or a related field. In special cases, students may be admitted provisionally and meet prerequisites by taking certain courses on the graduate level, by taking additional undergraduate courses or by meeting other conditions prescribed by the department. Requirements for both degrees are as follows:

MASTER OF ARTS (M.A.)

1. Completing a minimum of twenty-four credit hours.

2. Writing a thesis in the areas of specialization.

3. Completing an oral and/or written comprehensive examination in the area of specialization.

4. Acquiring a reading knowledge of Spanish, French, or German, which may be satisfied by:

a. Passing a University examination in Spanish, French or German, or

b. Passing a noncredit course for graduate students in Spanish or French.

5. Fulfillment of all general requirements of the University for the Master's degree (as listed in the Clark Atlanta University Graduate Catalog).

DOCTOR OF ARTS IN THE HUMANITIES WITH A CONCENTRATION IN HISTORY

1. Completing Historical Methodology and Research courses.

2. Completing eighteen hours selected from courses in any combination of the following areas:

a. United States History

b. African History

c. African American History

d. European History

3. Completing the core and pedagogy components of the Department of Humanities including a dissertation, demonstrated reading skills in two languages and twenty-four hours of additional course work. For additional information, see the Clark Atlanta University Graduate catalog. Graduates of the Department of History are competing successfully in a wide variety of academic and professional settings throughout the country. Let us contribute to the building of your future. For further information, please call 404-880-8239.

GRADUATE HISTORY COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

HIS 403. Introductory Graduate Course in Historiography and Methodology.
Designed to train students in methods of research, thesis writing, and historiography.

HIS 404. Early Modern Europe in World Perspective.
Explores themes in European history from 1500 to 1815; open to undergraduate and graduate students.

HIS 550. United States Constitutional History and Law I.
Examines he history of the constitution from 1870 to the present.

HIS 551. United States Constitutional History and Law II.
Examines the history of the constitution from 1870 to the present.

HIS 563. The African American in the United States to 1877.
Study of the social, economic, political and cultural development of African Americans during this period.

HIS 564. The African American in the United States Since 1877.
Examines ideological trends, key personalities and events that have characterized the African American experience since Reconstruction.

HIS 565. African American History for Public School Teachers.
Surveys history of African Americans, explores classroom problems, and assesses teacher/student bibliographic material.

HIS 566. Contemporary African American History.
Reading and research seminar exploring selected aspects of post-World War II developments among African Americans.

HIS 574. Post-Industrial America.
Examination of American society following World War II.

HIS 575. Intellectual and Cultural History of the United States.
Study of selected aspects of American thought and cultural development with attention to changing racial ideologies.

HIS 576. Social and Economic History of the United States.
Survey of significant social and economic trends and problems with emphasis on the experience of African Americans in urban centers.

HIS 602. Black Metropolis.
Reading seminar concerned with the movement of African Americans to urban centers.

HIS 603. Seminar in African American History: The Antebellum Period to 1877.
Research seminar on selected pre-Civil War aspects of African American history.

HIS 604. Seminar in African American History: Post Civil Period.
Research seminar on selected post-Civil War aspects of African American history.

HIS 605: Independent Study.
Designed to give students under the supervision of the instructor an opportunity to pursue in-dept areas of research not addressed in seminars or classes.

HIS 606. The Black Women in American History.
Research seminar analyzing the role of women I the historical development of the United States with special emphasis upon African American women.

HIS 607. Community, Family, and Oral History.
Seminar emphasizing approaches to study and research in oral history using the community and family as points of entry.

HIS 610. Selected Topics
Designed to give students under the supervision of the instructor an opportunity to do Independent seminar and research studies.

HIS 680. History of Africa to 1800:
Examines the social, political and economic development of Sub-Saharan Africa before 1800 with emphasis on the diversity of ethnic groups and the changing nature of precolonial African societies.

HIS 681. History of Africa since 1800.
Examines the social, political and economic development of Sub-Saharan Africa from 1850 to the present with special emphasis on a range of contemporary issues and themes.