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M.A. in History

College of Arts and Humanities

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M.A. in History

Brenda Gaydosh


Program Overview

The Master of Arts in History at WCU provides students with a broad base for teaching excellence, a platform for studies leading to the Ph.D., and best of a liberal arts education including highly trained written and oral communication, research, and analytical skills for professions in both the public and private sectors. Students in the MA program take courses in United States, European, or World/Comparative history and may take up to six semester hours in a discipline related to history (i.e. Anthropology, English, Philosophy, etc., with permission of the graduate coordinator). The M.A. in History offers two tracks: a thesis or a non-thesis program. The non-thesis option is designed for students who desire more content courses as background for their own teaching, further academic work, or personal enrichment. The thesis option is designed for students who wish to conduct original research at the Master's level. Our graduates have gone on to a variety of Ph.D. programs in the United States and abroad.


Program Highlights

  • Thoughtful advising to help students compete in their chosen field 
  • Encouragement and financial support to present work at conferences 
  • Opportunities for publications 
  • Internships
  • Graduate Certificate in Holocaust and Genocide Studies 
  • Graduate assistantships that offer real world academic experience

What can I do with this degree?

 Possible careers/fields:

• Archivist

• COO and Director of Programs


• College/University Professor

• Communications Associate

• Digital Curator

• Executive Director

• Filmmaker

• Government

• Librarian

• Public Historian

• Publishing

• Senior Front End Web Developer

• Supervisory Special Agent

• Teaching

•Veteran Advocate 

Writer Companies where our graduates work:

• Balance Marketing Group

• The Barnes Foundation

• Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation

• The Independence Foundation

• The Institutes

• National Iron and Steel Heritage Museum

• Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General

• School districts across the nation

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