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History (B.A. & M.A.)

The Department of History offers a pathway to achieve both the Bachelor of Arts in History and the Master of Arts in History as part of a single course of study. This pathway program gives students access to graduate courses during their undergraduate career, and provides an opportunity to acquire both degrees in a much shorter period of time than if each were pursued separately. The dual-degree program prepares students broadly for modern careers in business, government, and teaching, or for further graduate study in history, law, library science, business, or education.

History (B.A. & M.A.)


Description


What is History at ODU like?

The Department of History offers a pathway to achieve both the Bachelor of Arts in History and the Master of Arts in History as part of a single course of study. This pathway program gives students access to graduate courses during their undergraduate career, and provides an opportunity to acquire both degrees in a much shorter period of time than if each were pursued separately. The dual-degree program prepares students broadly for modern careers in business, government, and teaching, or for further graduate study in history, law, library science, business, or education.

Program Highlights


What makes History at ODU unique?

  • The Department's academic offerings reflect the diversity of the faculty, and students are encouraged to sample broadly the course offerings that investigate the histories of societies and cultures from across the globe.

  • The dual-degree program offers you many varied options to expand your horizons beyond the required number of classroom courses for the B.A. and M.A. degrees in history.

  • The Department offers possibilities for study abroad courses in universities around the world, and with ODU faculty over spring and summer breaks.

  • Internships in museums, at historical and archaeological sites, and libraries give hands-on practical experience and offer networking possibilities for later employment.

  • Students also have many opportunities to participate in both undergraduate and graduate-level research, advised by world-class faculty who are experts in their respective fields.

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Historians

$64,220

MEDIAN SALARY


Research, analyze, record, and interpret the past as recorded in sources, such as government and institutional records, newspapers and other periodicals, photographs, interviews, films, electronic media, and unpublished manuscripts, such as personal diaries and letters.

Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

$62,860

MEDIAN SALARY


Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

History Teachers, Postsecondary

$82,900

MEDIAN SALARY


Teach courses in human history and historiography. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Curators

$58,830

MEDIAN SALARY


Administer collections, such as artwork, collectibles, historic items, or scientific specimens of museums or other institutions. May conduct instructional, research, or public service activities of institution.

Courses


What are some courses offered in History at ODU?

HIST 611:
The Military in America


This course is designed to familiarize students with the principal historiographical problems besetting the field of U.S. military history from the pre-Revolutionary period to the present day.

HIST 617:
The Long Civil Rights Movement


This course examines the historiography of the Long Civil Rights Movement, the struggle for civil rights stretching from the nineteenth century to the present day and encompassing multiple movements that sought to achieve the basic rights of citizenship for a number of different groups.

HIST 674:
Holocaust History and Memory


This course examines the complex history of the Holocaust, beginning with the rise of anti-Semitism in the 1930s. It will explore issues of resistance and collaboration as well as ambivalence. It will also examine aspects of postwar Holocaust denial and the memory of the Holocaust as well as its representation in the historiography to the present.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for History at ODU?

Students entering the Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's of Art Program program in History should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)

Students can be formally admitted to the program when they declare an undergraduate major in history, have completed a minimum of 60 undergraduate credit hours, including at least nine hours in history courses at the 300-level or above, and have a GPA of 3.30 or better overall and in history.

Students who meet the admission requirements should consult with the Graduate Program director no later than the spring or summer prior to their senior year to plan graduate courses to be taken as an undergraduate. During their senior year, students must file an application to the M.A. program in history with the Office of Admissions. This application includes an Old Dominion University graduate application, a 500-word personal statement, two letters of recommendation and a 10+ page writing sample, preferably using primary and secondary sources. Graduate admission deadlines apply.

Once students have been awarded their B.A. degree and fulfilled all regular admission requirements for the M.A. in history, they will be officially admitted into the M.A. program and can continue to earn graduate credits toward completion of the degree.

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 360

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,032

Active Duty Military Rate


Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Scholarships


The Department offers Teaching Assistant positions that provide a stipend while giving graduate students experience in teaching and grading coursework for undergraduates.  Teaching Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis.

Next Steps


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Contact


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ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR


Name:

Brett Bebber Ph.D.


Location:

BATTEN ARTS & LETTERS RM 8020, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-3949


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SENIOR LECTURER


Name:

Robert Del Corso


Location:

8042 BATTEN ARTS & LETTERS, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-3949


Undergraduate Admissions


Location:

1004 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-3255


Email:

admissions@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Transfer


I like this program and want to transfer. What are my next steps?

At ODU, we understand that as a transfer student you have unique needs that require a wide array of campus resources. The Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships aims to create a transfer inclusive culture that supports the successful transition, engagement, and academic achievement of transfer students. The services and programs offered to you as a Monarch are endless so take advantage of every opportunity. Even before you set foot on campus, we encourage you to Explore, Experience, and Engage! Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

Additional Programs


Are there other programs at ODU I may be interested in?

With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master'seducation specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.

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