History M.A.

Study history in a challenging, dynamic environment with the Marshall University History Department. Work with excellent, award-winning faculty who research, teach and publish in a diversity of areas. Attend small seminars that give ample time for student participation and one-on-one faculty attention and become part of a cohort of graduate students who work together and support one another.

Our Master’s program focuses on preparing students for future work, and our students present their original research to campus and off-campus audiences, sometimes publish their research, and have opportunities to serve as teaching assistants. We have had excellent success getting students into Ph.D. programs, library science programs, and law schools, and our alumni are employed in fields from law to public history to city planning and serve on the faculty of History Departments across the United States.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Dr. Robert Deal, Director of Graduate Studies (dealr@marshall.edu)
Dr. Greta Rensenbrink, Department Chair (rensenbrink@marshall.edu)


Graduate Student Steven Straley, seen here last May receiving a Herman Weill Essay Contest award, recently completed writing a Clio virtual tour of Heritage Farm Museum and Village. Enjoy it virtually or onsite at the museum in Huntington.



Graduate Student Amanda Shaver just had her first article published! It appears in West Virginia History: A Journal of Regional Studies. You can read the first page here, or go to the MU Library site and search for the entire article.


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Department of History
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Huntington, WV 25755

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History student Adrienne Hall and Dr. Molly Mersmann at the Ceredo historical site The Ramsdell House. The former home of an abolitionist and a stop on the Underground Railroad, the Ramsdell House has am amazing collection of 19th century letters and artefacts. Hall is serving as a student intern this spring under Dr. Mersmann's supervision.