||The M.A. program in history at the University of North Florida is designed to meet the needs of students with varied goals: some pursue further graduate work; many are already teachers or plan to become teachers; others will seek professional employment as librarians and archivists or as public historians. Students may choose either a thesis or a non-thesis program, and to specialize in either U.S. or European history. Students who choose the non-thesis option are able to enroll in enough out-of-specialty courses to achieve an understanding of non-western history - a benefit for prospective teachers. As the department's faculty increases in numbers and breadth of coverage, other specializations will be added.
Faculty in the Department of History are committed to the study, interpretation, and teaching of the human past. We provide undergraduate students with classroom and field experiences that examine the cultural, economic, intellectual, political, and social forces that have shaped the human experience. Our goal is to provide a course of study that enables students to develop a life-long appreciation of the importance of change over time, as well as the significance of continuity in human history. Faculty strive to inspire creativity and imagination by training students to objectively analyze and interpret historical documents and data, and to present their conclusions in concise and well-reasoned oral and written expressions.
The historians in this department believe it is vital to pursue active research agendas to maintain proficiency in their craft, to continue to be enlightened by developments within their specialized fields of study, and to use their skill and research findings to charge their classroom presentations with meaning and excitement. Teaching and research are the most important aspects of our professional activities. Whenever possible, graduate students are invited to participate in research activities with faculty mentors. However, history faculty also routinely provide professional service in the form of lectures and educational opportunities for the community and the general public that are intended to increase understanding of human history. For graduate students, participation in these service activities prepares them for the work activities that will become part of their professional lives after graduation.