Department of History

Main Departmental Office
Wooten Hall, 225
P.O. Box 310650
Denton, TX 76203-0650
(940) 565-2288

Web site: www.hist.unt.edu

Richard M. Golden, Chair

Graduate Faculty:, Bowman, Brownell, Campbell, Chipman, Coomes, DeCarvalho, Eaton, Golden, Hagler, Hilliard, Huddleston, Hurley, Kamman, Kelly, La Forte, Lewis, Lowe, Lowry, Marcello, Morris, Odom, Paz, Pickens, Seligmann, Smallwood, Smith, Stephens, Stern, Tanner, Wilson.

The Department of History offers graduate programs leading to the following degrees:

The department places special emphasis on two areas of history military and Texas but its course offerings include a wide variety of classes on the history of the United States; ancient, medieval, and modern Europe; Latin America; East Asia; the Near East and Africa; and other topics.

The library has a large collection of national newspapers, personal papers, and other materials for the American Colonial and early national periods, and for the Civil War and Reconstruction era. Also available are microfilm copies of presidential papers and those of other prominent Americans, such as Henry L. Stimson. A large microfilm collection of State Department materials includes diplomatic dispatches to 1906, the decimal file for all major countries, 1910 to 1929, and some of the decimal file beyond 1929. Library holdings include Texas newspapers, county tax rolls, and U.S. census reports. The library contains a large collection of Civil War soldiers' records. In addition, researchers have easy access to regional archival depositories, among them the Southwest Branch of the National Archives in Fort Worth.

Other important resources in the collection include German Foreign Ministry documents, British and Foreign State Papers, British Parliamentary Debates, proceedings of the German Bundestag and Bundesrat, debates of the French National Assembly, 17th-century British pamphlets and letters, and various source materials on medieval history.

Materials related to World War II include a large oral history collection on World War II prisoners of war, Pearl Harbor survivors, Holocaust survivors, African Americans in Texas, and Texas political and business leaders.

The UNT library has been a U.S. government depository since 1948. The library also has many back issues of U.S. government documents.

Research

The research interests of the history faculty cover a broad range of United States, European, Latin American, African and Asian topics. Additional interests include military history, women's history, Great Britain, early modern and modern France, and the Italian Renaissance. History faculty members have published more than fifty books on such topics as Texas history, the U.S. South, Native Americans, 20th-century United States, oral history,World War II, England, France, Italy, urban history, and the history of science.

History Department Center

The history department supports the Center for the Study of Military History and houses the editorial office of the journal Military History of the West.

Admission Requirements

1. All general admission requirements of the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies, as outlined elsewhere in this bulletin, must be fulfilled.

2. MA degree: before being accepted unconditionally into the history master's degree program, the applicant must have scored at least 1000 on the verbal and quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), have a bachelor's degree and 24 hours of history credits from an accredited college or university, have a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a four-point scale for all undergraduate work or for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work, and have met all other university requirements.

3. PhD degree: before being accepted unconditionally into the history doctoral program, the applicant must score at least 1100 on the verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE (including a score at the 80th percentile or higher on the verbal portion of the examination), submit a statement of his or her purpose in seeking the doctorate in history, submit a formal paper (other than the thesis) from his or her master's work, provide two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's post-secondary academic record, have a master's degree with a thesis, and have met all other university requirements. No more than 12 hours accumulated above the requirements for the MA and MS programs may be transferred into the doctoral program.

4. Conditional admission requirements may be acertained form the graduate adviser.

Continuing Requirements

1. MA students: To re-enroll for a third long semester, a master's degree student must have earned a GPA in history courses of 3.25, and the student must maintain that average, exclusive of I and PR grades, each semester until the degree is awarded. If the student fails to maintain the minimum required average, he or she will be dropped from the degree program.

2. PhD students:

a. To re-enroll for a third long semester, a doctoral degree student must have earned a GPA in history courses of 3.5, and the student must maintain that average, exclusive of I and PR grades, each semester until the degree is awarded. If the student fails to maintain the minimum required average, he or she will be dropped from the degree program.

b. To remain in the doctoral program, the student must be enrolled in and complete successfully at least six courses (18 hours) in the major or minor per year.

c. To remain in the doctoral program, the student must complete all course work and language requirements and pass the preliminary examinations within four years from first admission to the doctoral program.

d. To remain in the doctoral program, the student must satisfy existing university regulations concerning completion of the doctoral dissertation.

Degree Programs

Master of Arts and Master of Science

Thesis Option - 31 Hours

1. A graduate major in history consists of 25 hours of graduate work in history, including a 6-hour thesis, 1 hour of historical bibliography and at least two research seminars.

2. The student normally will have a minor of 6 hours in a related field approved by the chair of his or her committee. Under appropriate circumstances students may, with approval of their major professors and committees, substitute 6 hours of history for the minor.

3. A candidate for this degree must successfully complete an oral examination on the course work and the thesis.

Non-Thesis Option

Three separate plans exist for pursuing the non-thesis option. Plans A and B are primarily for teachers of history in pre-college schools. Plan C is designed for applied history. All non-thesis plans are regarded as terminal degrees by the UNT history department.

Plan A: 37 hours

1. A student selecting this option must take two research seminars in history and 1 hour of historical bibliography. The remaining 30 hours may be all in history or may include a minor up to 6 hours in a related field approved by the department chair.

2. A candidate for this degree must successfully complete an oral examination on the course work.

Plan B: 37 hours

1. A student selecting this option must take one 5000-level studies course in each of the following areas: African history, Asian history, European history, Islamic history, Latin American history and United States history.

2. These courses, with the historical bibliography course, would amount to 19 hours. Each student will take 9 hours of electives from not less than two of the above areas.

3. Each student will take two research seminars, but not in the same area.

4. Each student, as a capstone to this master's program, will take History 5310, Studies in the History of World Civilizations.

5. A candidate for this degree must successfully complete an oral examination on the course work.

Plan C: 36 hours

1. Under this plan the student still majors in history but can focus the selection of courses in applied history. Applied history trains students for occupations in archives, museums, college and university libraries, public and private libraries, oral history programs, various manuscript repositories, private industries interested in document and artifact preservation, historical agency administration and the United States government.

2. Requirements under this plan include 21 hours of applied history, 9 hours of United States history, other than the courses that qualify as applied history, and 6 hours of library science. The 21 hours of applied history must come from the following three categories: (1) oral history, (2) archives and local history, and (3) museums, local history and site visitations. At least 9 hours must be taken in one of the three categories.

3. The basic courses in archives, museums and oral history also must be taken as part of the 21-hour requirement. The 6 hours of library science must include SLIS 5300, Management of Information Agencies, and one of the following: SLIS 5600, Information and Access Services; SLIS 5230, Records Management; and SLIS 5295, Preservation.

4. A candidate for this degree must successfully complete an oral examination on the course work.

Cooperative Degree Programs

The Department of History and the School of Library and Information Sciences also offer joint master's degrees:

Each is a 36-hour degree, but the two together require a total of only 60 hours. The MS in library science requires 30 hours of library science courses and 6 hours of history. The MS in history with an emphasis in applied history, if done as a joint degree, requires 15 hours of applied history, 9 hours of traditional history and 12 hours of library science courses.

The 12 hours of library science earned for the MS in history also are used for the MS in library science. The 6 hours of history earned for the MS in library science cannot be used for the MS in history with an emphasis in applied history and must be from the basic courses in applied history.

A summer site-visitations institute offered by the Department of History is a 6-hour course, but only 3 hours earned in this way can be applied to any history or library science degree.

Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy degree is offered with a major in history and concentrations in United States and modern European history. The minimum program for the PhD in history consists of 60 hours beyond the master's degree.

Degree Requirements

The Doctor of Philosophy is offered in two fields of history: United States and modern Europe (since 1400). A doctoral student will choose one of these fields as a major and one as a minor in the department. The major field will consist of four areas chosen from a list provided by the department. The student must have a minimum of 48 hours of graduate history courses (including dissertation) in the major field and a minimum of 12 hours of graduate courses in the minor. A minimum of four research seminar courses in history and 3 hours in historiography are required. If a second minor field outside history would enhance the student's program or career plans, the student's committee may allow the outside minor with the permission of the department chair. If an outside minor is allowed, the student must have a minimum of 36 hours in the major. Completion of a specific number of graduate hours does not automatically make one eligible for a degree. The student must show proficiency by satisfactory performance on written and oral examinations, by completion of the language requirement and by completion of an acceptable dissertation. Any student who fails to register for two consecutive long semesters in classes at UNT will be required to reapply for admission to the history doctoral program.

The program and degree plan of each doctoral student will be planned by the student and his or her advisory committee during the first year of study on the doctorate. The student will initiate a request to establish an advisory committee through the office of the graduate adviser who, in consultation with the student and with the approval of the department chair, will select a major professor from the approved list. The person appointed will serve as chair of the student's committee. The major professor, in consultation with the student, will select other members of the committee. The student's degree plan and the composition of the advisory committee must be certified by the graduate adviser and approved by the chair of the department and the dean of the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies.

The committee will advise the student on program planning, arrange for all departmental examinations, approve in conjunction with the student the dissertation topic and judge the completed dissertation as a piece of original research justifying the awarding of the degree.

Doctoral committees in the Department of History must include a university graduate faculty member who is either Category I, II or III, and whose principal faculty appointment is in a department other than the history department. The student's major professor and the student will work together to select a university member whose expertise will contribute meaningfully to the dissertation.

Foreign Language Requirement

The student must demonstrate a reading knowledge of two foreign languages, ordinarily French, German or Spanish. Substitution of another language for one of these three, if a given research area indicates the need, may be approved by the dean of the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies upon recommendation of the advisory committee.

With the approval of the advisory committee, the student may substitute quantitative methods courses for one language. To fulfill this option the student must satisfactorily complete a specified group of courses. A listing of these courses is available in the history department office.

All language requirements or courses in lieu of a language must be taken prior to taking the qualifying examinations.

Admission to Candidacy

The qualifying examinations will be taken when course work, other than research and dissertation, has been completed. These examinations, arranged by the advisory committee, will consist of written examinations covering the major field and an oral examination covering the major field and minor field. The successful completion of these examinations is a prerequisite to admission to candidacy for the degree.

Admission to candidacy is granted by the dean of the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies upon recommendation of the advisory committee and the department chair, based upon the academic record of the student, approval of a dissertation topic and successful completion of language requirements and qualifying examinations.

Research and Dissertation

The doctoral student will submit a dissertation that is a significant contribution to the knowledge of history. Completion of the dissertation requires original and independent research in the major field of specialization. The final oral examination will be primarily a defense of the completed dissertation.

Courses of Instruction

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