Master of Arts in History

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Linda A. Curcio-Nagy
Graduate Advisor
Lincoln Hall, 108
Phone: (775) 784-4079

Insight into the past and how it may affect the future

The Master of Arts in History offers the student understanding in the scholarly discipline of history through the expansion of historical knowledge, the comprehension of historiography, and the practice of critical inquiry. Framing the questions that define particular scholarly debates underlies critical analysis of primary and secondary sources. Students gain exposure to these questions in course work and demonstrate their familiarity with them in comprehensive examinations. In the thesis, they display awareness of the scope and challenges of historical research. They define what questions can and cannot be addressed with a limited body of sources. They situate their research and analysis in the historiography of a field. Ultimately, they discuss their work at a final thesis colloquium.

General Information and Requirements

Applicants to the M.A. program must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year college or university, with a major, or a 24-semester-credit minor, in history or a closely related discipline (acceptable fields outside history to be determined on a case-by-case basis by the graduate studies committee). A cumulative grade point average of 2.75 (unless the applicant has demonstrated unusual promise during his or her junior and senior years) and satisfactory scores on the GRE are also required for admission to "Graduate Standing" in history.


The following are the groups and fields of historical study open for MA candidates. For more information about these groups and how you can tailor your studies toward your own interests, please contact the Department.

Group I:

  • American Colonial History to 1750
  • U.S. 1740-1815
  • U.S. 19th Century
  • U.S. 20th Century
  • U.S. Social History
  • U.S. Cultural/Intellectual History
  • U.S. Political/Constitutional History
  • African-American History
  • American Environmental History
  • Nevada and the West
  • U.S. Diplomatic History

Group II:

  • Medieval European history
  • Renaissance
  • Early Modern Europe
  • Europe 1789-1914
  • Europe 1890-present
  • European Cultural/Intellectual History
  • European Social History
  • British Isles since 1688
  • Modern Irish History
  • British Empire
  • Russia to 1900
  • 20th Century Russia

Group III:

  • Colonial Latin American History
  • 19th century Latin America
  • Contemporary Latin America
  • Traditional East Asian History
  • Modern East Asian history
  • 20th Century East Asia
  • Latin American Cultural/Social history
  • East Asian Cultural History
  • Ancient Africa
  • Modern Africa

Group IV:

  • Cultural Theory
  • Gender Studies
  • History of Science
  • History of Medicine
  • History of the Book
  • Popular Culture and Diaspora Studies
  • Comparative fields (such as slavery, socialism, environmental history, 16th-century studies)
  • Fields in other departments (such as Basque Studies, historical archaeology)

View the history graduate program handbook.

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