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The Graduate Program in Early American Studies at the University of West Florida offers students a Master of Arts degree focusing on early American history and culture, covering North America and the Atlantic World to 1850. Since Pensacola was always a bitterly contested epicenter of international rivalry and a prominent juncture of American, European, Indian, and African peoples, the program focuses most heavily on all aspects of the American Southeast and the Caribbean.
Although directed by the Department of History, this multidisciplinary program provides students the opportunity to develop their knowledge of early American life and society in more comprehensive ways through coursework and research in various other disciplines - from anthropology and archaeology, to literature and the fine arts, and from government and political science, to philosophy and religion.
The program emphasizes both "depth" and "breadth," as it requires students to take core coursework in American history from European contact to the eve of civil war, while allowing them the opportunity to expand their knowledge of and appreciation for various other areas and subjects in history and culture. In both their coursework and research, graduate students will gain a broad knowledge of early American history, while being able to delve more deeply into specific areas and subjects that pique their interest and develop their academic credentials.
The program provides graduate students with the necessary skills and education to enter a doctoral program in several fields or to secure employment in a variety of professions in the private or public sectors, including education, government, communications, and nonprofit organizations. Along with a broad-based and in-depth education, the Graduate Program in Early American Studies provides graduate students with enhanced skills at reading comprehension, critical and analytical thinking, and communication and writing.
Students can expand and strengthen their education and skills by serving as teaching assistants or lecturers, or by assisting faculty as research assistants on various research projects or funded research grants, both applied and traditional. The University of West Florida regularly entertains visiting scholars and presents public forums, scholarly lecture series, and community seminars - all activities which further enrich the academic experience, broaden educational opportunity, and enhance students' academic achievements, making them better prepared to take the next step in higher education or for embarking on a productive professional career.
The career opportunities for individuals with a master's degree in early American history are endless. To see what the American Historical Association lists as among the most popular career paths available to history students, visit historians.org/pubs/careers/index.htm.
For more information, please contact the program director Dr. William S. Belko at email@example.com