Main Departmental Office
Wooten Hall, 225
P.O. Box 310650
Denton, TX 76203-0650
Fax: (940) 369-5838
Web site: www.hist.unt.edu
Graduate Faculty: Calderón, Campbell, Cantrell, Chipman, De Carvalho, Eaton, Golden, Hagler, Hilliard, Huddleston, Hurley, Kamman, Kelly, Lewis, Lowe, Lowry, Marcello, Morgan, Morris, Paz, Pickens, Seligmann, Smith, Stern, Tanner, Wilson.
The Department of History offers graduate programs leading to the following degrees:
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 Middle East; Africa; and other topics. The department has special strengths in Texas history and military history.
The UNT 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, British Cabinet documents, 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 prisoners of war, Pearl Harbor survivors, and Holocaust survivors. Other oral history collections include materials on African Americans in Texas and on 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. The Department of History also houses its own extensive collection of books and films, the Kingsbury-Thomason Library.
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 I, World War II, England, France, Italy, urban history, and the history of science.
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.
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 into the history master's degree program, the applicant score at the 50th percentile or higher on the verbal portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and at the 40th percentile or higher on the quantitative or analytical portion of the 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 into the history doctoral program, the applicant must score at the 70th percentile or higher on the verbal portion of the GRE and at the 40th percentile or higher on either the quantitative or analytical portions of the GRE, 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.
1. MA students: To enroll for a seventh course, 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 enroll for a seventh course, 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. The student must also fulfill the residency requirement outlined in the "Doctoral Degree Requirements" section in this bulletin.
c. To remain in the doctoral program, the student must satisfy existing university regulations concerning completion of the doctoral dissertation.
Master of Arts and Master of Science
Note: students earning a master's degree in the UNT history department must follow the thesis option to qualify for admission in the department's doctoral program.
1. A graduate major in history consists of 25 hours of graduate work in history (including 1 hour of historical bibliography and at least two research seminars) and a 6-hour thesis. The 25 classroom hours may be selected from any courses offered by the department; the 6 hour thesis may be written on any topic approved by the student's advisory committee.
2. The student may substitute 6 hours in a related field approved by the chair of his or her committee for 6 hours of graduate course work in history.
3. A candidate for this degree must successfully complete an oral examination on the course work and the thesis.
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.
1. A student selecting this option must take any two research seminars in history and 1 hour of historical bibliography. The remaining 24 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.
1. A student selecting this option must take at least one 5000-level studies course in each of the following areas: African history, Asian history, European history, Middle Eastern 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 3 hours of electives from any 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.
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.
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.
The Doctor of Philosophy is offered in two fields of history: United States and modern Europe (since 1400). The course of study for the doctoral program consists of four areas, at least one of which must be in modern European history and at least one of which must be in United States history. The areas in history must be chosen from a list provided by the department. The student must have a minimum of 36 classroom hours of graduate courses plus research and dissertation hours. A minimum of four research seminar courses in history and 3 hours in historiography are required. If an area outside history would enhance the student's program or career plans, the student's committee may allow the outside area with the permission of the department chair. 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. 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.
The student must demonstrate a reading knowledge of one foreign language. The language requirement must be completed prior to taking the qualifying examinations.
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 and oral examinations covering four areas. 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.
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 field of specialization. The final oral examination will be primarily a defense of the completed dissertation.
All Courses of Instruction are located in one section at the back of this catalog.
The "Course and Subject Guide," found in the Courses of Instruction section of this book, serves as a table of contents and provides quick access to subject areas and prefixes.
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