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Master of Applied Historical Research

The Master of Applied Historical Research degree prepares students for work in the field of public history. This professional degree is geared largely toward those seeking careers outside of traditional academic settings. The History Masters programs are based upon a solid, committed faculty and multiple resources. With fourteen permanent and many adjunct faculty, the department of history offers courses in a wide variety of topics in the fields of non-western, United States, and European history. Graduate faculty are deeply involved in research and writing in their respective major fields (for more information on the faculty, see the faculty page). The department of history encourages a collegial atmosphere in which students and faculty work closely together. Its main goal is to prepare students for further study or for a successful career in history. Besides a faculty rich in its diversity and talents, the location of the university in the capital city of Idaho gives students access to the State Archives, Idaho State Historical Museum, the state’s Law Library, the Survey Research Center, the Frank Church Archive, and other research facilities.  Albertson’s Library has a collection of 680,000 print books, provides access to over 100,000 eBooks, and subscribes to more than 88,000 serials. All journals, when available, are provided in electronic format for instant access with your Broncoweb username and password. The inter-library loan system provides articles within three days of the request, and physical items as soon as they can be obtained.  It is also a selective US Government and Canadian document depository, as well as an Idaho State depository.  Several large corporations with home offices in Boise have opened their archives to students and faculty doing research on department-supported topics.

Degree Requirements

The Masters in Applied Historical Research gives students the opportunity to combine an existing expertise with the study of history. Possible emphases include public history, urban affairs, the environment, policy studies (local, state, or international), and applied cultural studies. The applied research project is the cumulative activity for the Master of Applied Historical Research. All projects, regardless the medium, must include a substantial written portion of no less than 5,000 words. The written portion must place the research in appropriate scholarly context. It must demonstrate scholarly competence in writing, research, analysis, and historical documentation.

Master of Applied Historical Research

Course number & TitleCredits
HIST 500 The Nature of History3
HIST 501 The Study of History3
HIST 502 Seminar in Applied Historical Research3
Approved History Electives (18cr)18
Approved History Electives andnApproved internships and/or non history electives (6-18cr)n
History 591 (Project)6
One year of foreign language is required for graduation; these credits do not count towards the required 33 credits for the degree.