Graduate Program

The Master of Arts program in Historical Studies is designed to accommodate a variety of interests and career paths, including students who are considering going on for a Ph.D., those already engaged in K-12 teaching, and those who wish to enter the growing field of public history. The program is characterized by a core emphasis on academic training in historiographical methods and theory, current conceptual tools and techniques for organizing historical evidence, and primary research in a large number of subject/area specialties.

Department faculty focus their research and teaching in the following fields: United States history (all periods and several sub-areas including politics and public policy, social history, diplomatic history, economic/business history, urban history, women’s history, military affairs, and race relations/civil rights), Pre-Modern European history (including the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and early modern England), Modern European history (with particular emphasis on Britain, France, Germany, Eastern Europe, history of the Holocaust, and Russia), Atlantic World history, institutional and policy history, and Asian history, with particular emphasis on the history of China and Japan.

The program includes the option of a Public History track which offers an opportunity to explore the theory, scholarship, and practice of public history. Faculty specialize in community-based work in the fields of preservation, museum studies, and digital public history.

The Department schedules courses and events to suit full-time and part-time, evening students.

For a complete description of what is expected of students who enter the program and how they can fulfill those obligations, please consult the History Graduate Student Handbook, AY 22-23.


Graduate Program Director:
Daniel Ritschel
Office: 512 Fine Arts Building
Telephone: 410-455-2034

Graduate Program Administrative Assistant:
Carla Ison
Office: 505 Fine Arts Building
Telephone: 410-455-2312