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Degree Requirements

American History Requirements

The formal degree requirements are the completion of 10 three-credit courses (30 credits), including:

  • Craft of History (56:512:550)
  • one global history readings course
  • two year-long readings to research sequences taught by the same professor on the same period or theme
  • three additional graduate readings courses covering chronological periods of American history*
  • one additional course from among the graduate course offerings of the History Department

Passing a comprehensive oral examination is the final degree requirement.

*The program has five core chronological courses covering American/US history: America 1607-1763, America/U.S. 1763-1820, U.S. 1820-1898, U.S. 1898-1945, and U.S. 1945-Present. Students in the American History track are required to take four of these five courses (though they are welcome to enroll in a fifth).

Public History Requirements

The formal degree requirements are the completion of 33 credits, including:

  • Craft of History (56:512:550)
  • Issues in Public History (56:512:531)
  • three additional courses in public history electives
  • one 3-credit public history internship
  • one year-long readings to research sequence taught by the same professor on the same period or theme
  • three additional courses from among the graduate course offerings of the History Department

A second required research project for Public History students will be completed within their 9 credit hours of public history coursework. Passing a comprehensive oral examination is the final degree requirement.

Global History Requirements

The formal degree requirements are the completion of ten 3-credit courses (30 credits), including:

  • Craft of History (56:512:550)
  • four readings courses in global history
  • two year-long readings to research sequences taught by the same professor on the same period or theme
  • one additional course from among the graduate course offerings of the History Department

Passing a comprehensive oral exam is the final degree requirement.

American Legal History Requirements

The formal degree requirements are the completion of ten 3-credit courses (30 credits), including:

  • Craft of History (56:512:550)
  • one global history course
  • three courses relevant to legal history from Rutgers Camden School of Law
  • five additional courses from among the graduate course offerings of the History Department

Passing a comprehensive oral examination is the final degree requirement.

In addition to the 30-credit degree program, all graduate students may choose to write a M.A. thesis by enrolling in a 2-credit independent readings course.

Comprehensive Oral Examination

The final requirement for all graduate students is a one-hour oral examination during which the student will respond to questions provided well in advance by a committee of three members of the History graduate faculty. The student is allowed to bring only a copy of the questions into the exam. If, for some reason, a student feels that he or she cannot take this final exam in the format as described, the student must consult with the director of the graduate program about possible alternative methods of examination no later than two weeks after the student is informed of the date set for the oral examination. (Oral exams are usually scheduled months in advance.)

General Requirements

Up to 6 credits may be earned in advanced undergraduate (300-400 level) courses at Rutgers. Up to 9 graduate credits (with grades of B or better) may be transferred from other institutions with the approval of the graduate program director.

Full-time, matriculated graduate students in good standing may take up to 6 credits of their elective courses from other Rutgers graduate programs with the approval of their adviser and the graduate program director. Specific courses in the M.A. program in English, the Master of Public Administration program, and the J.D. program of the School of Law-Camden are appropriate choices for such cross-registration.

Grading Policy

The History Department reserves the right to remove a student from the program after a second grade below the B level. The History Department will count only one grade below the B level for credit towards the Master’s Degree.

Transfer Credits

Graduate courses completed at other institutions may be accepted for credit at the university. Students are allowed to transfer in a maximum of one-third of the credits required for their degree. The limit is 10 credits for 30-credit programs and 14 credits for 42-credit programs. The number is the maximum allowed for transfer into the Graduate School-Camden.

For more information about the History graduate program, send an e-mail request to Dr. Janet Golden at jgolden@camden.rutgers.edu.