Dear potential graduate students in history,
Welcome to our history graduate program information page. So you would like to pursue a Master of Arts degree in History. Great! Here is what we can offer.
We have a Master of Arts degree with three academic tracks. The first track is training to be a research historian where you will complete a master’s thesis. This option also prepares students for pursuing a future Ph.D. in history. The second track is public history. Public historians emphasize engagement with the wider community in sharing their expertise of history. Students who choose this option complete a public history project. The third track is a non-thesis option, also known as the teacher track. For this option a students takes more classes and submit a portfolio of revised work at the end. This option prepares secondary education teachers to teach concurrent enrollment (high school classes that earn college credits) in Idaho schools, but one need not be a teacher to choose this option. The Master’s degree can be completed in two years as a full time student. We do have an additional option for teachers — the Graduate Certificate for Secondary Education. This is a one-year program and is training for already experienced teachers to teach “concurrent enrollment” classes. However, the certificate is not — repeat — is not “teacher certification” for Idaho schools. This is a brief overview of what training we can offer you in our History Graduate program. Please see the rest of the site for more.
One thing I would like to emphasize however, is that we are a small department that offers more mentoring and camaraderie than larger institutions. We treat each incoming group of graduate history students as a new “cohort” that has a shared experience in common classes. Each cohort often studies together with opportunities to socialize together and form a support network for the hard work ahead. Graduate school is hard work and we have the unique structure to see you through the hard times if you are willing to work. We emphasize advising and keep track of our graduate students and will not let you fade away as happens at larger schools. In other words, we care. Please take this into consideration as you look around for graduate schools.
Graduate Program Coordinator
Dr. David Walker – please feel free to ask me a question
Department of History
Boise State University
1910 University Drive
Boise, ID 83725-1925