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The History Department offers courses leading to the MA with a major in history and supporting courses for the MA with a major in liberal studies. For students majoring in secondary education with a teaching field in history or social science, supporting courses are offered for the MS.Ed. and the Ed.S degrees.

Required Application Materials

Applicants for the MA with a major in history will be permitted to enroll for one semester of graduate course work while completing all other general application procedure requirements.

Applicants for the MA with a major in history must submit all of the following documentation to Graduate Studies, Jacksonville State University, 700 Pelham Road North, Jacksonville, Alabama 36265-1602, to be considered for admission:

  1. Completed JSU Graduate Application for Admission (
  2. Non-refundable $35.00 application processing fee
  3. Official transcripts(s) from all colleges/universities with degrees posted. (Students who have previously attended JSU do not need to request a transcript from the University.)
  4. Official tests scores on the General Test of the GRE or the MAT.
  5. Three “Graduate Reference Forms” completed by individuals who can provide qualitative assessment of the applicant’s potential for success in graduate course work. This form is available in the office of Graduate Admissions or online at http:/// or
  6. If English is not the applicant’s first language, the applicant is required to submit an official TOEFL score report, an IELTS score  report or a PTE score report.  

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the above general admission requirements of Graduate Studies, applicants for the MA with a major in history must have an undergraduate major in history or its equivalent, as determined by the head of the History Department.

Applicants must meet one of the following admission formula requirements.  For purposes of computing the undergraduate GPA, a 4.0 grade-point scale is used. The plus (+) and minus (-) grades from undergraduate transcripts are not used in calculating the GPA.

Please use the following concordance tables when figuring your formula.  GRE Verbal & Quantitative Concordance Tables: ; MAT Scaled Score Conversions

Unconditional Admission

450 times the undergraduate GPA plus the total score of verbal and quantitative sections of the General Test of the GRE is equal to or greater than a total of 1600 points.


15 times the undergraduate GPA plus the MAT score is equal to or greater than a total of 60 points.

Conditional Admission

Any applicant failing to meet the requirements for unconditional admission may be conditionally admitted with the recommendation of the graduate faculty in the applicant’s major and approval of the Director of Graduate Studies.

Applicants who are granted conditional admission must achieve a GPA of at least 3.0 on the first 12 graduate hours attempted within a 12-month time frame. Failure to meet these conditions will result in the student being dropped from Graduate Studies. 

Non-Thesis Option

Total of 30 graduate semester hours. Minimum of 27 hours in approved history courses, including HY 501. Up to three hours may be taken in a related field approved by the head of the History Department.

Thesis Option

Total of 30 graduate semester hours. Minimum of 21 hours in approved history courses, including HY 501, and six hours of thesis. Up to three semester hours may be taken in a related field approved by the head of the History Department. The student must meet with Graduate Studies to receive an orientation to the thesis process and graduate forms that require completion when the student is prepared to register for the first three hours of thesis.  The student must meet with Graduate Studies, within the first two weeks of the review deadlines for submission of copies of the thesis to the Graduate Studies office and discuss other details relative to the completion of the thesis. 

Upon advisement, students may be required to demonstrate foreign language proficiency when a chosen program of study requires translation skills. 

History Courses

Prefix HY

400G.    Europe in the High Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Reformation, 1300-1648 (3). European society as seen through its philosophy, religion, literature, and politics.
405G.    Environmental History of the United States (3). Historical investigation of human interaction with the environment in the United States from the pre-colonial era to the present.
433G.    American Social and Cultural History to 1865 (3). American society through its literature, religion, philosophy, and art; emphasis on immigration strains, European cultural transfer, and environmental adaptations which have formed the American character; readings in religion, philosophy, literature, and the arts.
434G.    American Social and Cultural History Since 1865 (3). Continuation of HY 433G which evaluates shifting immigration origins; concentrated study of changing thought patterns resulting from Darwinism, rise of Big Business, theories of public interest, Pragmatism, and emergence of the U.S. as a world power.
436G.    History of American Women (3). Survey of the history of women from the colonial period to the present with emphasis upon social, economic, political, and educational developments.
437G.    Black America (3). Blacks in the U.S. from colonial times to present; emphasis on events of the twentieth century and the integral social relations between blacks and whites.
441G.    The South Before 1865 (3). Pre-colonial civilization through the Civil War. Emphasis is on the social, cultural, economic, and political development of the South as a region and the South’s part in building the United States.
442G.    The South Since 1860 (3). Issues which led to secession; the War Between the States; economic, political, and social results; recent tendencies and development.
443G.    Introduction to Southern Culture (3). Study of the historic roots of regional culture, integrating topics such as “cult of the Lost Cause,” religion, folk life, music, literature, and the transition from a rural/agricultural society to an urban/commercial/industrial one.
445G.    North American Indians (3). A survey of Native American History in what became the United States. Particular attention will be paid to Native-US government relations, the impact of the reservation and assimilation programs, and modern rights issues.
448G.    The Westward Movement in American History (3). Significance of the frontier in American History; colonization of successive geographic areas; the West in relation to tariff, public lands, currency and banking; and crises resulting from expansion.
451G.    History of Early America to 1783 (3). European background to exploration; exploration and settlement; Inter-Colonial Wars; political, social, economic, and cultural development within colonies.
452G.    The Age of Jefferson and Jackson, 1783-1850 (3). Study of the development of the American Republic with special emphasis on the influence of Jefferson and Jackson; research and readings will focus on the evolution of democratic attitudes and institutions.
454G.    The Beginning of Modern America, 1877-1914 (3). Description and evaluation of the shift of the U.S. from an agrarian to an industrial nation; heritage of the Civil War and Reconstruction; rise of the Great Moguls; mass production and technological change; rise of the labor union movement and organized farm protests; Spanish-American War; American involvement in World War I.
455G.    The 1920s and the Great Depression (3). Detailed study of American political, diplomatic, and cultural history from President Woodrow Wilson through Franklin D. Roosevelt.
456G.    Contemporary America, 1945-Present (3). Prerequisites: HY 201, 202. Detailed study of American political, diplomatic, and cultural history since the end of World War II, part of course devoted to study of current events.
465G.    The British Empire and Commonwealth (3). Growth and development of the British Empire, with emphasis on factors leading to the Commonwealth of Nations. (Not open to those who have completed HY 305.)
468G.    Constitutional History of England (3). Growth of common law, court system, and cabinet form of government from earliest times to present. (Not open to those who have completed HY 308.)
469G.    Age of Churchill (3). An examination of the late Victorian-twentieth century British and world events through the career of Winston S. Churchill.
470G.    American Diplomatic History to 1933 (3). History of the United States foreign relations beginning with the American Revolutionary Period and continuing through the decade of the 1920s; study of the historical changes in American foreign policy objectives which led to the increased size and importance of the United States.
471G.    American Diplomatic History Since 1933 (3). Detailed study of United States foreign relations beginning with Franklin D. Roosevelt and continuing to the present.
480G.    Colonial Latin America (3). Interaction of Native American, European, and African people in the Spanish and Portuguese empires of the Americas, concluding with the wars for independence.
481G.    Modern Latin America (3). Examination of the political, economic, social, and cultural developments of the diverse Latin American nations since 1821, against a backdrop of tradition, reform, and revolution.
483G.    United States-Latin American Relations (3). A survey of the diplomatic, economic, and cultural relations between the United States and Latin American Republics from 1810 to the present.
484G.    The United States and the Caribbean Basin in the Twentieth Century (3). Examines the issues, problems and international relationship of the United States with the countries of the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, Colombia, and Venezuela from the Spanish American War until the present.
485G.    History of Mexico (3). A study of Mexico’s past including pre-Columbian civilizations, the Spanish Conquest and Colonial period, the independence movement and the early republic, the struggle for nationhood, the modernization of Mexico with a special emphasis on the Mexican Revolution and the forces that shaped present day Mexico.
486G.    The Andean Nations (3). A history of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia from pre-Colombian times until the present with an emphasis on the diversity of the peoples of these nations.
487G.    History of Brazil (3). A survey of Brazil’s history from 1500 until the present with an emphasis on The Empire of Brazil 1822-1889 and modern Brazil, 1889-present.
490G.    History of Religions (3). An introduction to the theory of Religious History and the study of the history and practices of the five dominant world religions using resources from within those traditions.
500.    Special Problems (3). Directed readings or research project agreed to among student, instructor and head of the History Department.
501.    Historiography and Historical Methods (3). Techniques of historical research, nature of history, theories of historical interpretation, and intensive study of controversies in history.
504.    Modern European History (3). Major themes of European history from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries including survey of relevant literature and interpretations.
510.    American Foreign Policy to 1921 (3). Foundations of American foreign policy. (Not open to those taking credit for PSC 421G.)
515.    Contemporary Latin America (3). A study of the political, economic, social, and cultural trends of the nations of Latin America from the end of World War II to the present.
533.    American Social and Intellectual History to 1865 (3). Seminar in the intellectual and cultural sources that went into the making of the American tradition, particularly the influences on the Founders' generation.
534.    American Social and Intellectual History from 1865 (3). Effect of the Industrial Revolution and urbanization of America on society and thought patterns in the U.S. as seen in the end of “American innocence” and the search for security in a changed America and a constantly changing world.
535.    Contemporary American Women (3). This course will trace the evolution of women’s societal, economic and political roles in the United States from the “Age of Association” in the mid-nineteenth century through the modern period. By the end of the course, we will have answered the question of whether “we’ve come a long way, Baby!” or not.
537.    Contemporary Black America (3). The African-American experience from the Civil War to the present, focusing on the creation of segregation, resistance to discrimination and the Civil Rights movement. The influence of African-American culture on the larger American society will receive special attention.
551.    The South in the Nineteenth Century (3). Study of major economic, political, sociological, racial, cultural, and intellectual developments during the century.
553.    Civil War and Reconstruction, 1860-1877 (3). Causes of the Civil War and political, social, economic, and military aspects of its conduct; examination of various interpretations of the Reconstruction period, regional and national.
554.    Early Twentieth-Century History, 1900-1932 (3). Closing aspects of Spanish-American War, emergence of an imperial power; Theodore Roosevelt’s Square Deal, 1901-1909; Imperialism and Dollar Diplomacy, 1901-1913; Taft and the Progressives; Woodrow Wilson and the New Freedom, 1913-1917; World War I and its aftermath, 1917-1929; restoration of the G.O.P.; hope for a new economic era; Hoover and the Depression, 1929-1932; election of 1932.
560.    The French Revolution and Napoleon (3). Economic, social, political, military, and diplomatic aspects of years 1789-1815, with emphasis on France as the moving force of the period.
562.    Diplomatic History of Europe, 1815-1914 (3). International relations of European states in 19th century, with emphasis on the Congress System, Eastern Question, Bismarckian System, and pre-War balance of power.
564.    History of Ideas, Renaissance through Enlightenment (3). Study of the principal ideas and scope of thought in political philosophy, philosophy of history, science and technology, fine arts, literature, and religion.
565.    History of Ideas, Romanticism to the Present (3). Study of principal ideas and scope of thought in political philosophy, philosophy of history, science and technology, fine arts, literature, and religion.
566.    Seminar in the European Reformation (3). A historical and historiographical overview of the Reformation period, encompassing pre-reformation, Luther, Calvin and the Counter Reformation.
567.    Europe Since 1939 (3). Political analysis of development of individual states within framework of East-West conflict and economic competition and cooperation.
568.    The South in the Twentieth-Century (3). Study of major economic, political, sociological, racial, cultural, and intellectual developments since the turn of the century.
570.    Modern Far East History (3). Survey of Modern Far Eastern history with emphasis on China and Japan.
576.    Tudor England (3). England’s emergence as a modern state, 1485-1603; constitutional, economic, social, and intellectual developments during the Renaissance and Reformation.
577.    Stuart England, 1603-1714 (3). Study of major political, social, economic, and religious developments in seventeenth century England.
578.    Hanoverian England, 1714-1815 (3). Study of major political, social, economic, and diplomatic developments in eighteenth century England.
584.    Modern Britain (3). Detailed study of Britain’s political, social, diplomatic, and industrial development since 1865; Britain’s experiment with socialism and decline as a great world power.
599.    Thesis (3, 3). (Grade of Pass or Fail only) Prerequisite: Approval of Application for Thesis Option. See “Thesis Options and Procedures” on this website.

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