La Salle’s M.A. in History program is different from all others in the Mid- Atlantic region in several distinct ways: for example, its two-track program and its unique Concentration in Public History.
A Two-Track Program
- M.A. in History (30 credits)
- M.A. in History for Educators (30 credits)
Unique features of the M.A. in History for Educators and the M.A. in History:
- A common core of seven courses:
HIS 510: Historiography
HIS 610: Readings in American History
HIS 620: Readings in European History
HIS 630: Readings in World History
HIS 640: Visualizing History
HIS 650: Oral History
HIS 663: Readings in Special Topics in American, European, and Global
2.The option of either a comprehensive exam or writing a thesis.
These unique features of this program provide distinct opportunities to advance the careers of both practicing social studies teachers and aspiring graduate students in history. The appeal for all teachers with teaching certificates is that this program will broaden and deepen their knowledge of history in maintaining active certification status (in conformity with Act 48) and reaching the “highly qualified teacher” category by mastery of content knowledge.
Those students in pursuit of a traditional M.A. in History will also find La Salle’s program attractive:
- The M.A. in History curriculum is professional in nature and is designed as preparation for the doctorate and numerous professional careers.
- The common core of seven courses, along with upper-level electives and seminars provides excellent preparation for archival analysis, visual history, material culture, oral history, and interdisciplinary research that, collectively, has become the hallmark of doctoral-level courses in history, as well as most doctoral dissertations.
Unique features of the M.A. in History with a Concentration in Public History:
La Salle’s M.A. in History with a concentration in Public History provides graduates with both historical content knowledge and professional skill needed for successful careers in Public History by offering the following:
- A general introduction to Public History
- The acquisition of both content knowledge and pedagogical skills in visual representations associated with American social and cultural history
- An introduction to the analysis of material culture and archival analysis
- Familiarization with the workings of history museums and the development of exhibits
- Familiarization with various digital media skills for the development of Web sites and documentaries
- An internship with a public history venue in order to develop skills required for a successful career in public history