Frequently Asked Questions
When are graduate classes scheduled? Am I going to have to quit my daytime job?
All graduate classes in the History MA Program are scheduled after 4:30pm. Scheduled class times are from either 4:45-7:05pm or 7:15-10pm. Each course meets one time per week. Many graduate students work full or part-time while in school. Students can look into employment on campus as well.
Is there any funding available for graduate students?
The department gives out a few Wunderli Scholarships to MA students each year as well as travel grants to conduct archival research or attend conferences. The department also nominates a few graduate students each year for the campus-wide Graduate Student Fellowship. For more info, visit: //www.uccs.edu/history/undergraduate/honors-fellowships-and-scholarships.html.
Are there any TA-ships (teaching assistantships) available for graduate students?
Yes, the History Department hires five to six graduate students as TAs each year. TAs are graduate students typically going into their second year of studies who are assigned to a specific course where they work with a tenured/tenure-track faculty member. TAs offer additional support in research and writing through the course, help with grading papers/essays, and may lead lectures or discussions during certain class periods. TAs are paid a stipend of $1500 for the full semester. The call for TA applications for the following year is sent out in March. Graduate students with strong writing skills can also apply to work as a Writing Fellow in the Writing Across the Curriculum Program, directed by Dr. Michelle Neely. She can be contacted at email@example.com. Writing fellows work with faculty in departments across the university to support and offer feedback on student writing. Fellows are hired each semester. First-year graduate students are eligible to apply. Compensation is similar to TAships.
What other opportunities are offered for graduate students?
The History Department maintains a chapter of the national History honors society, Phi Alpha Theta. For more info, please visit: www.uccs.edu/history/undergraduate/honors-fellowships-and-awards Students are also encouraged to complete an internship during their MA studies. HIST 6995: Graduate Internship in History is offered every semester, including summer semester. The Department has several local community partners where graduate students can be placed to gain applied professional experience in public history, archives, and organizational outreach. Please contact Dr. Christina Jimenez (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more info.
How long does it take to complete the MA in History at UCCS?
The History MA Program is very flexible. Students can complete it over several years, studying as a part-time student taking one course each semester, particularly if they are working full-time. Many students enroll as full-time graduate students and take 2 courses per semesters (considered a full load), completing the program in 4 to 5 semesters. While it is possible to complete the MA in 3 semesters, this is not recommended unless a student is on a rigorous timeline due to scholarship or other reasons. Depending on the rotation of faculty teaching the graduate reading/research sequences, students may select from 4 to 5 courses offered each semester. In this way, students can tailor a program to suit their own interests to a certain degree.
Completing MA in 4 Semesters (30 credits)
Semester 1 HIST 6000 (3 credits) Reading Course #1 (3 credits)
Semester 2 Research Course/paper #1 (4 credits) Reading Course #2 (3 credits)
Semester 3 Research Course/paper #2 (4 credits) Reading Course #3 (3 credits)
Semester 4 Research Course/paper #3 (4 credits) HIST 9600--Prep of Portfolio and Oral Defense of 3 research papers (3 credits) Elective course/ Internship (can be taken at any point during the 4 semesters or during summers) (3 credits) *Elective courses can be an internship, a 3000 or 4000 upper division in history or another department (by permission of the Graduate Committee) or another history graduate course.
Completing History MA in 3 semesters (30 credits)
Semester 1 HIST 6000 (3 credits) Reading Course #1 (3 credits) Reading Course #2 (3 credits)
Semester 2 Research Course/paper #1 (4credits) Research Course/paper #2 (4credits) Reading Course #3 (3 credits)
Semester 3 Research Course/paper #3 (4credits) HIST 9600--Prep of Portfolio and Oral Defense of 3 research papers (3 credits) Elective course/ Internship (can be taken at any point during the 4 semesters or during summers (3 credits)