IONA

Five Year Dual Degree

Students may choose to pursue both their BA and MA in history in five years (or sometimes less). In order to do so:
  1. The student will complete Arts and Sciences Core Curriculum
  2. The student will complete the History Major Core Courses (currently HST 207, 208, 301, 490 and 497 = 15 credits)
  3. The student will take 5, 300-400 level HST classes (one must be in American History, one must be in European History and one must be in ‘nonwestern’ History) = 15 credits
  4. The student will take one Liberal Arts Elective (if his or her Arts and Sciences Core was 57 credits)
  5. The student will take 30 credits of open electives
  6. Beginning in the junior year, a student in the five-year combined BA/MA program will enroll, each semester, in a graduate class as their sixth course [a "normal" course load is five]. Moreover, in either the junior or senior year, the student will also enroll in a graduate class instead of one of their undergraduate elective courses in History. This class will count for both the BA and MA degree. After four years, the student will have earned their 120 credits necessary for the BA and they will have earned up to 15 credits toward an MA. In the fifth year, the student will then complete the remaining 15-18 graduate credits (5-6 courses). The standard path for completion of the MA shall be 27 credits of Open History Electives (HST 700-999) and, in the final semester of study, HST 898 "Culminating Experience". Students may, at the suggestion of their graduate advisor, choose to complete their degree by completing 24 credits of Open Elective as well as a 6 credit MA Thesis [HST 981 and HST 982 (Thesis). At the request of the student and the consent of the department chairperson, credit from graduate level Geography courses may be counted toward degree completion
  7. To enter the program, students must have and maintain a cumulative 3.2 GPA.