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History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences Contact

Department Chair:

Barbara Bonnekessen

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Contact Person:
Nancy Grantham

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Phone: 620-235-4325
Fax: 620-235-4338

Department of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences
412 Russ Hall
Pittsburg State University
1701 South Broadway
Pittsburg KS 66762

History, Philosophy, and Social Science Graduate Program

Master of Arts in History

The decision to seek an advanced degree in the History Program reflects an interest in and an appreciation for the historical past. The History Program's purpose is threefold: to prepare individuals well qualified to teach the subject of history; to provide students with research and investigative skills applicable to academic and professional situations; and to encourage the thoughtful and continuing study of history throughout the lifetime of the individual. The History Program is committed to excellence in the education of teachers and to completeness in the preparation of students for the many History-related career opportunities beyond teaching now open. The History Program further believes in the relevance of other disciplines to History and encourages work in those areas relating to the student's historical interests.

Applications to the program will be evaluated by a committee of the History Graduate Faculty. In addition to the Graduate School application and transcript, applicants must submit a personal essay: "Describe your background in history, your purpose in pursuing a Master's in History, and your expectations for the program." Students with a strong undergraduate background in history may be admitted unconditionally, or the committee may set conditions including minimum GPA performance to demonstrate fitness or completion of additional undergraduate coursework prior to or in parallel with graduate work. Students with fewer than 24 undergraduate hours of history or with a GPA in history courses below 3.0 will not be admitted unconditionally, but may be admitted conditionally. After reviewing the application, the program will assign the student a major professor to advise on matters of enrollment. 

The deadline for applications for Summer/Fall semester admission is March 1st, and the deadline for applications for Spring semester admission is October 1st. 

       MA History Program Guide and Graduate Guidelines

       MA History Program Checksheet

       Career Opportunities and Courses of Instruction


Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are available on a competitive  basis to students with outstanding records of performance.  For first consideration, please apply by March 1.

For further information and application, please contact:
Dr. Jonathan Dresner, Director - department contact
MA in History Graduate Program
Department of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences 
Pittsburg State University
1701 S. Broadway
Pittsburg, KS 66762-7543
(620) 235-4315