Department of History


A Flexible and Rewarding ProgramClocktower

The Department of History offers the Master of Arts degree in a number of forms to meet the intellectual and professional aspirations of its students. It offers concentrations in U.S. History, European History, Global History, and Public History. A non-thesis option in the geographic concentrations is available to students who intend to pursue teaching careers at the secondary and community college levels and to those who prefer not to pursue a research-intensive program. Public History students who intend to seek work at historic sites, museums, and archives may opt to pursue that concentration's Professional Track. Students in all concentrations may choose to pursue a thesis option in preparation for further graduate study or if they enjoy the challenges and rewards of a more intensive research and writing experience. The History Department enjoys an excellent record of placing its graduates into history-related jobs and selective doctoral programs. Finally, the innovative online M.A. program for professional history educators serves the career needs of experienced teachers, museum educators, librarians, and archivists who seek to augment their knowledge of history itself rather than pursue a graduate education degree.

Financial Assistance AvailableBeach

Financial assistance is available to most students in the form of Graduate Teaching Assistantships, tuition remissions for out-of-state students, Graduate Tuition Scholarships, and a number of named scholarships open only to students in the History Department. Funds are also available to support student research and conference travel. For more information, see Funding and Support.

Outstanding Teaching and MentorshipMcCarthy

The History Department at UNCW has built an outstanding reputation for exceptional teaching and dedicated mentorship. The members of the History faculty come to the university from many of the nation's best universities and are known internationally as productive and innovative scholars. Perhaps more importantly, they pride themselves on the attention they devote to their students and the intellectual and professional guidance they offer to those who work under their direction.

An Inspiring Setting

The historic and beautiful port city of Wilmington, North Carolina provides a stimulating environment for those who study the past. Equidistant from Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, Wilmington offers easy access to the archives, libraries, historic sites, and museums of the Southeast and Mid Atlantic regions.BradleyCreek