Dr. Victoria Grieve, Director of Graduate Studies
Office: Main 321G
The history department’s graduate program limits entering class size to about 10 to provide quality researching and teaching opportunities for students. The department is known for its expertise in the areas of environmental history, religious studies, classics, comparative world history, and the American West. Graduate students have the opportunity to work at the department’s journal, the Western Historical Quarterly.
A graduate degree in history prepares students to research, teach, edit, and manage by enhancing their ability to ask hard questions, research answers, and communicate their conclusions clearly. We emphasize the acquisition of the skills of open inquiry and debate as well as team work and collaboration. To earn an MA in history, students must gain proficiency in one or more foreign languages. (Doctoral programs in history require proficiency in a second language.) The MS degree requires students to incorporate computer, social, or natural science into their research in lieu of a foreign language. A course plan will be developed for each student in their first year.
The university requires all students wishing to pursue graduate study to apply for admission directly to the USU School of Graduate Studies. This process requires the submission of an application fee, letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and transcripts. Only completed applications for our program are forwarded electronically to the History Department Graduate Selection Committee.
Please feel free to contact faculty members whose research interests coincide with your own. They will be happy to discuss your specific area of interest and explain the possibilities for successful completion of a master's degree in history at Utah State University.