History : Program Requirements
Candidates for the stream in Public History are not normally required to demonstrate a reading knowledge of a second language.
Not all of the History graduate courses listed in the calendar will be offered in a particular year. All courses are variable content. With department permission, HSTR 501 to 591 may be taken more than once. Students should consult the department concerning specific content of the courses offered in any given year.
The History department offers both Thesis-based MA and Project-based Options in the MA in History. In both options, students must take HSTR 500 (Historiography) and 4.5 units of graduate History courses including at least 1.5 units in a topical field (usually HSTR 510 to 526) and 1.5 units in a geographical field (usually HSTR 501A to 509A). Some courses may be counted as either geographical or topical fields. Please see uvic.ca/history for details or contact the Graduate Adviser. In both programs, at least one course must be outside the area of specialization.
The Thesis-based Option is designed to be completed in two years..
Students will also complete a major research paper. This paper will normally be based on primary research and may emerge from a paper written for a graduate course other than HSTR 550. The major research paper must be 40-45 typed pages and will be written in the form of a journal article. It will be graded by the supervisor and an additional faculty member. This second reader will be approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies. This paper will not be subject to oral defense.
Stream in Public History
Students are required to take HSTR 500 (Historiography), HSTR 515A (Public History), 3.0 units of graduate History courses, and 3.0 units of 400 and/or 500 level Cultural Heritage Studies (CH) courses, to be determined in consultation with the Graduate Advisor. The 3.0 units of graduate History courses may include a 1.5 unit Field School course (HSTR 528, HSTR 470/591, or GMST 489/GER 591).
In certain cases, because of student background or course availability, one or more of the above courses (except HSTR 500, HSTR 515A and HSTR 597) may be replaced by a different course with approval of the Graduate Adviser. This may include a language course, a relevant graduate course in History or another department, or a 400-level course in Cultural Resource Management. At least 12 units must be at the graduate level.
The Doctoral degree requires credit in 7.5 units of graduate courses, including the historiographical/historical methods course (HSTR 500), comprehensive exams in one major and two minor fields, and completion of a dissertation. (Students who have completed HSTR 500 or its equivalent at the MA level will automatically be assigned credit for the course.)
PhD students are required to take 600 level (enriched versions) of three 500 level graduate courses, each worth 1.5 units of course-work, plus a 1.5 unit dissertation-related historiographical course (HSTR 600, Historiography for Dissertation) which will usually be organized by the student's supervisor. The 600 level courses (601 and above) involve the same course work as the 500 level version of the course plus additional assignments including an expanded list of readings, additional written assignments and the creation of an undergraduate syllabus in the field. These courses will be the basis for the "fields" in which they write comprehensive exams. Students choose three courses from the list of 600 level geographical and topical field courses and are strongly encouraged to choose from both. Geographical field courses are defined by territorial or regional boundaries. Topical field courses examine significant themes that cut across geographical or temporal boundaries, such as social, military, intellectual/cultural, family, women's, indigenous, gender, religious, colonial, world or maritime history. With the approval of the graduate adviser, students may also take an enriched 1.5 unit graduate course in another department.
Major and minor fields may be defined either topically or geographically. Normally students will choose a course from the list (HSTR 601 and above) and complement it with HSTR 600, Historiography for Dissertation to constitute their major field; the other two courses selected from the same list will provide the basis for two minor fields of study. Students may also combine two linked 600 level courses (ie. Pre and Post 1900 Canadian History, 603A and B) into a major field and use HSTR 600, Historiography for Dissertation as a minor field.
Doctoral students are expected to take the three 600 level courses in successive terms during the first fall, spring and second fall terms of their enrolment in the program and complete the written comprehensive exam following the conclusion of each course. HSTR 600 will normally be taken during the same term as the course serving as the basis for a student's major field and be examined as part of that field. If HSTR 600 is taken as a minor field it will be examined separately, but in that case the two courses that compose the major field (eg HSTR 603A and 603B) will be examined together, with a single exam following completion of the second of the two courses. In special cases, PhD students may be allowed, with the approval of the graduate adviser, to take two 600 level courses in the same term, and write one of the comprehensive exams the following term. Students must pass all three comprehensive exams. A student failing only one comprehensive exam will be allowed to rewrite that exam a single time. Students will remain registered in HSTR 693 (comprehensive examinations) until they have successfully passed all three comprehensive examinations.
After completing the written comprehensive exams, a doctoral student will make a presentation of his/her dissertation proposal to their supervisory committee at a meeting chaired by the graduate adviser. This process will normally occur during the spring term of a student’s second year in the program. The proposal is graded on a pass/fail basis; that outcome is entered as the student’s grade for HSTR 695. Students are allowed a second attempt should they fail the process on the first try. Highly motivated students who satisfy normal program requirements will be allowed to present their dissertation proposal before the spring of their second year, with permission of the graduate adviser.