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New Program Policy Book

New Program Policy Book

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1. PREREQUISITESApplicants must have an undergraduate degree in history or the equivalent. An applicant whomajored in a field other than history may be admitted with the requirement that certain historyprerequisites be taken before pursuing the degree course work.2. FIELDSFields of study include Late Antiquity and Byzantium, Medieval Europe, Early Modern Europe,Modern Europe, and U.S. Only one field is required for the MA degree. Students mayinformally construct a secondary or minor field in consultation with their advisor if they so desire.3. TRACKSThe M.A. program has two tracks, a combined M.A./Ph.D. track and a terminal M.A. track.Requirements vary slightly for students in each track and these distinctions are noted in therelevant sections below.4. FACULTY ADVISORStudents must choose an advisor from among history graduate faculty in their primary field bythe beginning of the second semester in the program and submit the appropriate form signed bythe advisor and the student to the director of graduate studies. The faculty advisor will help thestudent in selecting courses and preparing for exams. Each semester, the student should meetwith that advisor, then contact the graduate director to complete the registration process.5. COURSE REQUIREMENTSThe MA requires the completion of thirty hours of course work (students on the MA/Ph.D. trackneed only twenty-seven hours.) Required courses include HIST 500, Theory and Practice ofHistory: An Introduction, and a minimum of twelve hours in the primary field, which must include
a “Studies” course (HIST 520/30/40/50/60) and at least one seminar (HIST
-A680/1/2/3/4) in thatfield. Six hours of thesis research may replace six hours of coursework. Students must eitherwrite a thesis or write two expanded seminar papers which amount to the same length as athesis (not less than 25000 words -excluding front matter, bibliography, and any appendices).The department has a checklist available for students so that they can keep track of theircourses and other requirements. Required courses must be taken at Saint Louis University.Transfer courses cannot be substituted.Up to six hours of course work may be taken in fields outside History.
At least 24 hours of course work must be taken at Saint Louis University. A maximum of sixhours may be taken through the inter-university exchange program with other local universities(such as Washington University and the University of Missouri-St. Louis). (To take coursesthrough inter-university exchange, contact the graduate director.)No more than six hours of course work may be transferred from other programs. (To transfercredits, the student should contact the graduate director to complete the proper paper work.This cannot be done until the student has completed at least nine hours of work at Saint LouisUniversity.)Students may take a maximum of six hours in independent courses with individual facultyResearch Topics (HIST 597) and Graduate Readings (HIST 598).6. LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTCompetency in one foreign language is required. The language requirement must be satisfiedby the beginning of the second year of course work. Under unusual circumstances, the directorof graduate studies may extend the deadline in individual cases. The language requirementmust be satisfied before proceeding to the MA exams.7. MA EXAMINATION/THESISAt the completion of course work, non-research MA students must pass a two-hour writtenexamination and a one-hour oral examination on their major field. The written examination willconsist of a choice of essay questions. The student must demonstrate in these examinations aproficiency in the selected historical field, as well as a firm grasp of its secondary literature and
historiography. The department has prepared a reading list for each field. The student’s
advisor may supplement these readings with additional works. Students should familiarizethemselves with these readings in preparation for the examinations.For research MA students, a thesis (which counts for six hours of coursework) will replace theMA written exam. The one-hour oral exam will be a defense of the thesis. (For students on theMA/Ph.D. track, presentation of two seminar research papers will replace the thesis.)In both cases, the oral examination board will be composed of three faculty members, chosen in
consultation with the student’s advisor. No more than one member of this examination board
may be a person from outside the university. At least two affirmative votes are necessary topass the examinations.Students should consult the graduate director as they prepare for the examinations to insure thatthey file the proper paper work with the Graduate School and meet all deadlines.The department will administer the MA examinations once each semester on the Friday beforeThanksgiving during fall semester and the third Friday in April during spring semester. Oralexaminations will be individually scheduled shortly thereafter. Thesis defenses will bescheduled at the time. At the end of the oral exam/thesis defense, after the student has left the
room, committee members should fill out and seal their ballots before any discussion of the
student’s performance takes place.
 The student will be responsible for seeing that the thesis or extended seminar papers aredistributed to the examination committee one month prior to the examination.A student who wishes to write a thesis should consult with his/her advisor prior to the end of thefirst year of course work. The student should prepare a brief prospectus and have it approvedby his/her MA committee. The prospectus should include a preliminary bibliography containingrelevant secondary sources and should identify the primary sources the thesis will address. Asa rule of thumb, theses should be a minimum of 25000 words, excluding front matter,
bibliography, and any appendices. Once the student’s MA committee has approved, the
prospectus should be forwarded to the graduate committee for its approval.
Theses should follow the style dictated by “Typing Directive for Graduate Theses, Projects, andDissertations” (available from the Graduate School) and Kate L. Turabian,
A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations 
An MA student may switch from the terminal MA to the MA/PHD track. At the end of the students’
third semester, the student must obtain a petition to continue to the Ph.D. from the GraduateSchool. It will then be forwarded to the department graduate committee for evaluation. Eachsemester, faculty complete evaluation forms for students in their classes. The departmentalgraduate committee considers these evaluations in determining whether to allow a student tocontinue in the program.

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