There are many different ways to engage in graduate study in History at Colorado State University. The two main specializations are Liberal Arts and Public History. Within those specializations, there are several plans to meet different students' needs.
For a complete list of graduate courses, please see our Course Catalog.
To read our Graduate Policies download this pdf.
The Liberal Arts Specialization
Liberal Arts with Thesis
This plan provides instruction through small seminars and individual study, and stresses historiography and research methods. This program requires a minimum of 30 semester credits, a master's thesis, and knowledge of a foreign language (see below: Plan A check sheet re: language test). This option is usually pursued in anticipation of further advanced degrees, mainly in such fields as history, business, or law
Liberal Arts without Thesis
This is especially appropriate for students desiring employment in secondary education or who do not wish to pursue further advanced degrees. This program requires a minimum of 33 credits, emphasizing area and/or topical historical study offered in seminars. This option requires neither a thesis nor a foreign language
The Public History Specialization
Note: All three options require a minimum of 36 semester credits, including a practicum/internship. All three are considered Plan B according to the CSU Graduate School
For additional information on admissions requirements, course offerings, faculty and, detailed descriptions of the graduate program, contact:
Department of History
Chair of Graduate Studies
Clark Building, Room B357
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523