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History, M.A.

College of Arts and Sciences

Make your mark in a dynamic field, whether as a professional historian or a history maker, by studying with award-winning faculty members and conducting hands-on research in our history program.

History graduate students study complex issues and communicate their findings to advance knowledge of the past and present. They go on to work in education, museums, archives, business, law and more. We fully fund most M.A. students through teaching assistantships, which allow them to gain valuable teaching experience.

Program Highlights

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    Fully Funded M.A. Program

    Gain teaching experience to expand your career opportunities and get paid to earn your master's degree.

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    Springboard to Success

    The master’s program helps you build a strong research portfolio, which positions you well to pursue a Ph.D.

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    Top Scholars

    Grow with emerging and established scholars as you take the courses with our Ph.D. students in this community of learning.

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    Career Options

    Build skills in writing, thinking and communications that translate to careers in academia, business, law and more.

What You’ll Study

Select your field and advisor from department strengths in U.S. History; Public History; Science, Technology, and Environment; and Culture, Identity and Economic Development. Take courses in histories of civil rights, music and leisure, the Atlantic world, historic preservation and many other topics. Conduct independent research and write a thesis.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Interpersonal Skills

    Communicating and interacting effectively in a variety of social and professional situations


    Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students


    Creating professional written content for inclusion in scholarly journal articles, books and reports

  • Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments

    Presentation Skills

    Preparing and delivering effective and engaging presentations to inform, persuade or inspire


    Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.

Potential Careers

  • Historian
  • Writer
  • Journalist
  • Educator
  • Lawyer
  • Policy Maker

Job Titles of Alumni

  • Teacher
  • Curator of History

Average Alumni Salary

Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $66,570

Workplace Settings

  • Historical Agencies
  • Secondary Schools
  • Higher Education
  • Administration
  • Government
  • National Park Service

Employers of Alumni

  • South Carolina State Museum
  • University of South Carolina
  • Historic Columbia

Advanced Degrees

Advance your career or options with post-graduate education.

Is USC Right For You?

There are many reasons we could be your ideal university. There's the award-winning academics, the globally modeled student life, and abundance of study abroad and experiential learning options. Take a closer look at what USC could mean for you.

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