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History and Art History
Professors: Bakhash (Robinson Professor), J.R. Censer (chair), Holt, Horton, L. Levine, Petrik, Rosenzweig (CAS Distinguished Scholar), Stearns (Provost), Wade, Wilkins (Robinson Professor), Zagarri
Associate professors: Carton, J.T. Censer, Copelman, Deshmukh, Handani, Harsh, Lytton, Miller, O'Malley, Smith, J. Stewart
Assistant professors: Bristol, Chang, Cheng, Cohen, Hawkes, Karush, Kelly, Landsberg, Platt, Scully
Visiting assistant professors: Cohen, Orens, Schrum, Sparrow
Postdoctoral Teaching Fellows: Atanassova (Nedeva), Fallon, Fehleison, Schroer
In addition to satisfying the university general education requirements and the requirements for the B.A. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences, candidates for a degree in history must complete 36 credits of history, with at least 18 credits at the 300 and 400 levels. Additional credits of history in excess of 36 may be presented as elective credits to be counted toward graduation. No more than 6 credits with a grade of D may be used for the major. The 36 credits are distributed as follows:
HIST 300 and 499 may not be used to satisfy requirements 13. See an advisor before registering to help plan your history program to meet university general education and college-level requirements. This step will also help in choosing electives or a minor.
The university requires all students to complete at least one course designated as writing intensive in their majors at the 300 level or above. Students majoring in history may fulfill this requirement by successfully completing HIST 300 and 499.
History majors who have completed 75 credits (a minimum of 15 in history, 6 of which must have been taken at George Mason) with a 3.500 overall GPA and a 3.500 GPA in history are eligible to apply to the history honors program. Candidates must have completed or be enrolled in HIST 300 at the time of application. The statement of application should include two George Mason history faculty members as references. If a major part of the student's work includes transfer credit, transcripts may be required. Not all applicants who meet the minimum requirements may be accepted into the program.
To graduate with honors in history, students must complete HIST 490 and 491, which are linked, individualized courses normally given by the same instructor. Students must have completed at least one course in the field (or with the professor) chosen for these honors courses. HIST 490 should be taken before 491, although they may be taken concurrently. Either course may be taken concurrently with HIST 499 Senior Seminar in History. These 6 credits must be passed with a minimum 3.500 GPA, and the overall history GPA presented for graduation must be a minimum of 3.500. These 6 credits may be counted toward the 36-credit major requirement in history, but they do not replace HIST 499.
To receive a minor in history, students must complete 18 credits in history, including 12 credits at the 300 and 400 levels and 9 credits concentrated in a region or topic related, if possible, to the student's major. The program must be approved by the undergraduate coordinator before graduation. A GPA in history courses of at least 2.000 is required.
The department coordinates the interdisciplinary minor in African American studies. See the Interdisciplinary Minors section of this chapter for a description.
The undergraduate coordinator advises majors and minors. History majors are urged to discuss their programs periodically with the coordinator.
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The Department of History and Art History provides graduate training in historical methods and analysis for students with widely varying goals. The four M.A. concentrations that follow are designed to meet those goals.
Applicants to the M.A. in History program must fulfill the admission requirements for graduate study and for the Department of History and Art History. These include satisfactory scores on the GRE and two letters of recommendation from professors of history with whom the applicant has studied or from others directly familiar with the applicant's professional competence and interests.
The GRE requirement is waived for students who received their undergraduate degrees 10 or more years ago or who hold another graduate degree.
Within the first three concentrations listed below, students must specialize in American history, modern European history, or comparative world history.
Requirements for all concentrations include the following:
To remedy deficiencies in their undergraduate preparation in history, students may be required to take up to 21 additional credits of foundation courses, which cover broad thematic areas (HIST 601, 602 Themes in U.S. History I, II and 605, 606 Themes in European History I, II).If required as foundational, these credits cannot be applied toward the 30 credits required for the degree (36 credits in the concentration in teaching).
If foundation courses are not required at admission, students in the concentrations in enrichment (Track III) and in teaching (Track IV) may apply one of the themes courses toward their degrees. Students in the other concentrations may not apply these courses toward their degrees.
This concentration is for students planning to continue into doctoral studies. In addition to HIST 610, it requires the following:
This emphasis is for students with a particular interest in cultural history as well as for students considering future work in the cultural studies doctoral program. Completion of this emphasis does not guarantee admission into the doctoral program; those interested in enrolling in that program should contact the Cultural Studies program directly. In addition to HIST 610, the cultural history emphasis requires the following:
This concentration is for students seeking expertise in such applied history fields as archival management, museum studies, historic preservation, and historical editing. It is also suitable for professionally employed historians who desire to further their careers. In addition to HIST 610, this concentration requires the following:
In addition to HIST 610, this concentration requires the following:
This concentration is for students who want to study history for intellectual self-fulfillment or for vocational reasons. It allows more flexibility in the selection of courses and does not require a foreign language. In addition to HIST 610, this concentration requires the following:
Six credits of thesis work are optional. If a thesis is elected, 3credits in the major and 3 credits in electives are assigned to it.
This concentration is intended for students already licensed for teaching or seeking licensure. Unlike the other three concentrations, it requires a minimum of 36 credits and does not include the comprehensive readings course. Although it includes course work in history and education, completion of this concentration alone is not sufficient to qualify for licensure. That program is offered by the Graduate School of Education, and admission is limited. Students are advised to consult with the Graduate School of Education for specific requirements regarding licensure. In addition to the general M.A. in History requirements, this concentration requires the following:
The Ph.D. in History prepares students for careers in college teaching, digital media, publishing, educational administration, public history, and historical research. Students gain expertise in both conventional historical methods and web-based technologies. Major fields include U.S. history, European history, and comparative world history; minor fields include public history, constitutional studies, and new media and information technology. Depending on career goals and interests, students can also focus their degrees in one of four areas:
College/university teaching: This empahsis is for students who are seeking a career in teaching or research at the community college, college, or university level.
New media and information technology: Although all students in the program take some courses in new media, students in this emphasis seek careers specifically in new media (e.g., publishing, education, or a college or university history department where they would serve as the department's lead person in new media and information technology). This emphasis requires more advanced work in new media than any other.
Public and applied history: This emphasis prepares students for work in applied areas of history, such as museums, archives, federal government work, preservation, and editing, or helps students already working in those areas to advance. In some cases, students will do advanced course work in their field of work; in other cases, they will acquire knowledge or skills that will foster their professional work (e.g., in nonprofit management).
Professional development: This emphasis responds to the needs of students who are already launched on a career and want a doctoral degree because it will further their career goals or because it fulfills personal intellectual goals. Candidates who need flexible scheduling will be advised on a case-by-case basis.
In addition to meeting all admission requirements for graduate study at George Mason, applicants to the Ph.D. in History should submit the following:
Admission decisions are ordinarily sent in early March.
The department offers several research and teaching assistantships to highly qualified applicants. Other aid is available in the form of work study and federal student loans.
For students entering the doctoral program with a master's degree, the number of required credits may be reduced by a maximum of 30 credits, subject to the approval of the program faculty. Requests for reduction of credit are reviewed only after acceptance to the doctoral program.
Candidates for the Ph.D. in History must complete a minimum of 72 graduate credits. In addition to core courses, students must complete course work in a major field of study and two minor fields; pass a comprehensive exam; and complete a dissertation. The dissertation demonstrates mastery of the subject matter, methodologies, and conceptual foundations in the chosen fields of study. This requirement is generally achieved through consideration of a problem on the boundaries of knowledge in the discipline.
Professors: ffolliott, Mattusch (Mathy Professor of the History of Art)
Associate professors: Butler (coordinator), Todd
Assistant professor: DeCaroli
Adjuncts: Bauman, Guignon, Mason, Poole
As a liberal arts discipline, art history emphasizes the analysis of visual data in a historical context. The major program prepares students for graduate study in art history as well as for professional work.
In addition to satisfying the university-wide general education requirements and the requirements for a B.A. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences, candidates for a degree in art history must complete 33 to 34 credits. These include 30 credits of ARTH, including 3 to 6 credits at the 100 to 200 level, 18 to 21 credits at the 300 level, and 6 at the 400+ level, plus 3 to 4 credits of studio art (AVT). Specific requirements are as follows:
All art history majors are encouraged to pursue internships in art history (ARTH 393 or with permission ARTH 593) in their junior year or senior year. Up to 6 credits in art history internships may be applied toward ARTH requirements for the major with permission of the art history undergraduate coordinator.
Students are strongly recommended to participate in a study abroad program. Students contemplating graduate study in art history should acquire a reading knowledge of French and/or German.
Students contemplating museum or arts administration careers should consider taking electives from the following: ACCT 201, COMM 330, ENGL 410, ENGL 503, and PUAD 505.
The university requires all students to complete at least one course designated as writing intensive in their majors at the 300 level or above. Students majoring in art history fulfill the university's writing-intensive requirement by successfully completing any 400-level ARTH course.
Art history majors who have completed 75 credits (a minimum of 15 credits in art history, with 6 credits taken at George Mason) with a 3.500 overall GPA and a 3.500 GPA in art history are eligible to apply to the art history honors program. Eligible students should apply to the undergraduate coordinator by November 15 or April 15 with a statement of application, which includes the names of two George Mason art history faculty members to serve as references; transfer students may also submit transcripts. Not all applicants who meet the minimum requirements may be accepted into the program. Selection is made by the Art History Committee.
To graduate with honors in art history, students must complete ARTH 492 and 493, which are linked, individualized courses that culminate in a research paper. Students must have completed at least one course in the field (or with the professor) chosen for these honors courses. ARTH 492 should be taken before 493, but they may be taken concurrently. These 6 credits must be passed with a minimum 3.500 GPA, and the overall art history GPA presented for graduation must be a minimum of 3.500. These 6 credits may be counted toward the 39- to 40-credit major requirement in art history, but they do not replace the 6 required credits in ARTH 400, 420, 430, 440, or 471.
The minor in art history requires 18 credits and covers a broad spectrum of periods, cultures, and themes, with an emphasis on historical context. Requirements for the minor are as follows:
ARTH 394 is not required for the minor but is strongly encouraged.
The art history program coordinates the interdisciplinary minor in ancient Mediterranean art and archaeology. See the Interdisciplinary Minors section of this chapter for a description of the minor.
Although a graduate degree program in art history is not available, these courses are offered in support of other graduate programs: ARTH 593, 594, 596, 599, and 699. See the Course Descriptions chapter of this catalog.