Graduate study in the Department of History prepares students for careers in teaching and scholarship. We expect our Ph.D. graduates to assume academic positions at accredited colleges and universities where they will be excellent classroom teachers and productive research scholars. In addition to the Ph.D., the department has long offered the M.A. degree. M.A. graduates typically pursue admission to a Ph.D. program. Some M.A. graduates go on to careers in secondary education, public history, museum work, law, journalism, or government service.
A two-year Master of Arts degree designed to acquaint students with the methods and skills of the historical profession, the program engages young historians with research-intensive seminars taught by faculty renowned for their excellence in graduate education.
With specializations available in European, United States, and Latin American history, the variety of past thesis topics demonstrates the breadth of the M.A. program. Especially strong in the areas of twentieth century U.S.; American religion, church and state, Texas, Public, Women's, French, Civil Rights, German, Oral, Latin American, Medieval, and Diplomatic history, the flexibility of the 30-hour program gives students maximum exposure to diverse fields of study.
The history Ph.D. program at Baylor focuses on the study of religion and American culture as well as religion and culture in the English-speaking North Atlantic. The department accepts 2-3 highly qualified students per year who have interests in these areas. History Ph.D. students at Baylor study on a campus where the focus on religion cuts across disciplines and departments. With Ph.D. degrees in religion, the sociology of religion, philosophy, political science, religion and literature, and church-state studies, Baylor provides history graduate students a wealth of cross-disciplinary opportunities for intellectual enrichment within their areas of interest.
In addition to these departments Baylor has a variety of institutes and centers that also focus on various aspects of religion: Institute for the Study of Religion, Institute for Faith and Learning, Institute of Church-State Studies, Institute for Oral History, the Center for Christian Ethics, and others. History Ph.D. students at Baylor, focusing as they do on the study of religion and culture, enjoy a wealth of opportunities unimaginable at other universities.
A history dissertation or thesis should include:
Students should provide the department with two thesis copies, one of which printed on bond paper. You can also see a list of Past Theses which include the author, subject of the thesis, the date and area of concentration.
- All preliminary pages
- A 3-4 page sample of the body of your thesis
- Any pages that include tables, maps, or images
- Abstract Page
- Unsigned signature page
- Copyright Page
- Table of Contents
- Thesis Body
- Any appendices
- Results of Oral Examination Form
- Change of grade for Thesis Hours Form, for all thesis hours
- Foreign Language Examination Report (even if you took your language at Baylor)