Graduate Curriculum

The history graduate program provides opportunities for students to learn the techniques of research and broaden their knowledge of historical literature. Students may choose Plan I, which includes writing a thesis based on original research using primary sources, or Plan II, which requires the completion of MA exams in three historical topics.

All students are required to enroll in HY 601 (Historiography) and HY 602 (Historical Research and Writing) and must take at least 30 hours of their course work in graduate seminars. Each student must take a minimum of 9 hours of course work in US history and 9 hours in non-US history (e.g., European, Asian, Latin America, World).

Course Catalog

See the Graduate Catalog for an up-to-date list of course descriptions and an overview of what to expect when pursuing a Master's Degree at UAB.

Core Courses

All students are required to take two core courses.


Seminar on various theoretical perspectives and methodologies of professional historians. What historians do, how they do it, and why. 3 hours.

Methods of historical research, including research in primary sources, and the distinctive characteristics of historical writing. 3 hours.

Plan I: Thesis

  • 601: Historiography. 3 hours.
  • 602: Historical Research and Writing. 3 hours.
  • US History: 3 seminars. 9 hours.
  • Non-US History: 3 seminars. 9 hours.
  • Electives: 2 courses. 6 hours.
  • Thesis Research: 2 courses or equivalent. 6 hours.

Total: 36 hours

Note: No foreign language study credits can be counted toward the degree requirements. Where foreign language requirements are appropriate, it is recommended that students satisfy these requirements before commencing thesis research.

Plan II: Non-thesis

  • 601: Historiography. 3 hours.
  • 602: Historical Research and Writing. 3 hours.
  • US History: 3 seminars. 9 hours.
  • Non-US History: 3 seminars. 9 hours.
  • Electives: 4 courses. 12 hours.

Total: 36 hours

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