Graduate Catalog
2019-2020
 
Policies, Procedures, Academic Programs
History
College of Liberal Arts & Human Sciences
Major Williams contains offices for various departments in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. It was converted from a residence hall in the late 1990s. Entire building housed 352; contains 64,673 sq. ft. The building is named for Marine Maj. Lloyd W. Williams, class of 1907, alumnus hero of World War I, to which has been attributed one of the more famous statements of that war: "Retreat? Hell, no!..."
431, Mail Code: 0117 Blacksburg VA 24061
Major Williams Hall
Degree(s) Offered:
• MA
MA Degree in History
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Offered In:
Blacksburg
Email Contact(s):
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Phone Number(s):
540/231-5331
Application Deadlines:
Fall: Feb 01
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Department Chair : Mark Barrow
Graduate Program Director : Matthew Heaton (Director of Graduate Studies)
Professors: Mark Barrow; Arthur Ekirch; Edward Ewing; Richard Hirsh; Brett Shadle; Peter Wallenstein
Associate Professors: Glenn Bugh; Beverly Bunch-Lyons (National Capital Region); Heather Gumbert; Matthew Heaton; Kathleen Jones; Marian Mollin; Amy Nelson; Paul Quigley; Helen Schneider; Neil Shumsky; Robert Stephens; Daniel Thorp
Assistant Professors: Danna Agmon; Amanda Demmer; Carmen Gitre; Edward Gitre; Dennis Halpin; Melanie Kiechle; Allan Lumba; Edward Polanco; Jessica Taylor; LaDale Winling
Robertson Professor of Civil War Studies: Paul Quigley

M.A. Program in History

The Master of Arts program in History provides talented students with advanced training in the professional practice of historical research and pedagogy. The program serves three primary constituencies: students preparing for further graduate work at the doctoral level, those who wish to become secondary school educators, and those planning for careers in a range of public history fields (the program offers a specialized Graduate Certificate in Public History). By preparing broadly-trained practitioners who have research expertise in a chosen field of specialization, the MA in History also offers an excellent foundation for careers in public relations, journalism, law, and public service.   Quite apart from its vocational promise, History is a foundational discipline in the humanities, and the serious study of the past is a source of intellectual enrichment and a lifelong endeavor.

Applicants requesting a graduate assistantship should apply by February 1. The program also offers scholarships for students interested in Civil War studies through the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies  For more information about the graduate program and the application process,  please consult our website: https://liberalarts.vt.edu/departments-and-schools/department-of-history/academic-programs/master-of-arts-in-history.html

Affiliated Programs

The History MA serves as pivot or foundation for a number of interdisciplinary and co-curricular graduate programs at Virginia Tech:

Students interested in a career in teaching at the secondary school level should consider dual enrollment in History and the graduate licensure program in Social Studies Education (https://liberalarts.vt.edu/departments-and-schools/school-of-education/academic-programs/history-and-social-science-education/masters-history-and-social-science-education.html), which includes a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction.

History is an anchor department for the Master's Program in Material Culture and Public Humanities and  for the Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought (ASPECT) (http://www.aspect.vt.edu/), an interdisciplinary PhD program at Virginia Tech. Students with research interests informed by social or critical theory may apply for admission to the ASPECT program as they complete their MA in History.

The department also has strong curricular ties to the graduate program in Science and Technology Studies (STS) (http://www.sts.vt.edu/), offered through the Department of Science and Technology in Society.

Graduate Student Organization
The History Graduate Student Association (HGSA) (https://myvthistoryma.com/) welcomes new graduate students to the Virginia Tech community each fall and sponsors a range of professional development activities for graduate students throughout the academic year. The HGSA hosts an annual graduate conference each spring.
Offered In (Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
  • TOEFL
    • Paper
      • 600.0
    • Computer
      • 250.0
    • iBT
      • 100.0
  • GRE
    • General Test
      • Verbal : 158.0
      • Quantitative :
      • Analytical : 4.5
The department offers a Master of Arts in History and a Master of Arts in History and Area Studies (an interdisciplinary program with the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures). Both degrees require a minimum of 33 credit hours of coursework.  Because research and writing are fundamental tenets of the discipline of history, students are expected to complete a major original research project as part of their plan of study.  Most students complete this requirement by designing, researching, and writing a thesis. Students who choose the non-thesis option take additional coursework and submit a  research paper to complete research requirements.  For more information about policies and degree requirements contact mheaton@vt.edu.

History Facilities Introduction

The History Department is located on the 4th floor of Major Williams Hall.
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