Retrieving the Master's Degree from the Dustbin of History (2005)
A Report to the Members of the American Historical Association
Prepared by Philip M. Katz for the AHA's Committee on Committee on the Master’s Degree in History.
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- Why Now?
- Outline of the Report
- Demographic Trends
- Graduate Programs
- Destination 1: A Doctorate in History?
- Destination 2: Community Colleges
- Destination 3: Secondary School Teaching
- Destination 4: Public History
- Common Knowledge, Skills, and Identities for History Professionals
Appendix 1: U.S. Colleges and Universities that Award Master’s Degrees in History
Appendix 2: Survey Distributed to Graduate Students in Spring 2003
Appendix 3: Essential Competencies for National Park Service Employees: Historians (Developmental Level)
Appendix 4: Sample Outcome Statements from History Master's Degree Programs
Appendix 5: Defining a Distinctive Role for the Master's Degree: Recent European Efforts
Committee on the Master’s Degree in History
David Trask (Guilford Technical Community College), chair
Thomas Bender (New York University)
Fritz Fischer (University of Northern Colorado)
Patricia Mooney-Melvin (Loyola University Chicago)
Colin Palmer (Princeton University)
Carlton Wilson (North Carolina Central University)
Barbara Winslow (Brooklyn College, CUNY)
Rosemarie Zagarri (George Mason University)
Arnita Jones (American Historical Association), ex officio