Online Master's Degree Programs in American History

If you're interested in getting an in-depth education in the events and eras that made America what it is today, you might want to consider pursuing a master's degree in American history. Read on to learn how to earn this degree online, what coursework is included and what you can do with your degree after you've earned it. Schools offering American History degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

How Can I Study American History Online?

The most common online master's degree in this area is a Master of Arts in History with an American history concentration. Some programs allow you to narrow your studies even further by focusing on a specific period, like the American Revolution or the United States after the Civil War.

Not all online master's degree programs in history offer a specific concentration in American history. However, these programs do offer several specific classes devoted to American history, allowing you to tailor a curriculum to suit your area of interest. Admissions requirements for these programs vary, ranging from about six hours of undergraduate history coursework to a bachelor's degree in history.

Online Degrees Master's of Arts degree; various concentrations available
Online Availability Fully online, some blended programs
Common Courses Comparitive history, early modern Europe, African-American studies, world history
Potential Careers Teaching, historic preservation, historic record management, museum curator

Is the Program Entirely Online?

Many programs are offered entirely online and don't require any campus visits to complete your degree. There are also programs that allow you to attend classes both in-person and online if you choose. One school now offers certain required core classes only online. There are online programs that require you complete a thesis or Web-based multimedia project. One school offering master's degrees in history has a thesis and a non-thesis track, with only the non-thesis track available online.

It's possible for you to complete your master's degree in about three years if you attend online classes full-time. You can also choose to attend part-time. To be in the online program, you may be required to have certain virus protection protocols on your computer. You may also need to follow certain standards of online etiquette to remain in good standing in the program. These etiquette requirements may include using professional or non-slang language, not engaging in personal attacks on other students and not using colorful or unusual fonts in class discussions.

What Topics Will I Study?

In most programs, you will take at least one class on writing and research methods for historians, sometimes known as historiography. You may also need to study at least one foreign language. Some master's degree programs require this language study as part of learning how to research history. Beyond any core courses you have to take, your elective courses are usually in the topic of your choosing. These topics may include:

  • Comparative history
  • Early modern Europe
  • African-American studies
  • World history

What Careers Can I Pursue?

Completing your master's degree allows you to pursue several career options. Some master's degree programs are designed to prepare teachers who want to teach American history at the high school level, allowing you to obtain licensure to teach.

You can also look into employment in historic preservation, helping to restore and conserve historically significant buildings, documents, art and other artifacts. You might also find work conducting historic record management, maintaining and archiving records. Another option for this degree is work in public history as a curator at a museum or historic battlefield.

Graduates of these programs might also want to enter a doctoral degree program in history. One school offering an online American history master's degree has this path in mind with curriculum design, and includes multiple foreign languages as a requirement. This is due to the fact that many history doctoral programs require students to know at least one foreign language.

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