Master of Science Degree in American History

Matthew Brady Portrait of Abraham Lincoln, courtesy Library of Congress Archives

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast is now offering a master of science degree in American history, which can assist in the career goals of secondary teachers, military officers, civil servants, journalists and librarians.

2015-2016 Master of Science Degree in American History Degree Plan


Classes will be offered in late afternoon or evenings to accommodate working professionals who prefer to maintain part-time student status. The 30-semester hour graduate degree can be completed in two and one-half years for students taking two courses each semester.

This Degree Benefits...

After completing the degree, secondary educators will be eligible for AA certification from the Mississippi Department of Education. Secondary educators also have the opportunity to attribute nine of their credit hours to European history to broaden their teaching to include world history courses.

The M.S. in American History can enhance the careers of secondary teachers, military officers, civil servants, journalists, and librarians.

The 30 semester hour M.S. in American History requires at least 21 hours of courses at the 600 and 700 levels.  Up to nine hours of the remaining work can be selected from 500-level lecture courses.  The program provides for a minor of nine hours in European History to broaden its usefulness to Secondary Educators who may be teaching courses in World History as well as American History.

Your Professors

The five full-time professors teaching graduate-level history courses in the program include:

  • Dr. Douglas Bristol, who earned his doctoral degree from the University of Maryland;
  • Dr. Deanne Nuwer, who earned her doctoral degree from Southern Miss;
  • Dr. Westley Follett, who earned his doctoral degree from the University of Toronto; and
  • Dr. James Pat Smith, who earned his doctoral degree from Vanderbilt University.


As a general rule admission to graduate study in any field requires that the applicant have completed a bachelor’s degree with at least an undergraduate minor in the discipline proposed for master’s level study (History  21 hours) with grades of B or better.  As part of the application process, students submit transcripts, a statement of purpose, a writing sample (best paper written as an undergraduate), three letters of recommendation, and GRE scores.

Note:  Students with a sufficient undergraduate record in history may take coursework as non-degree graduate students while their application for admission to the degree program is pending.

Contact Us

For more detailed information about the degree program, contact Dr. Westley Follett at 228.214.3360 or e-mail

For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at Southern Miss Gulf Coast at 228.214.3444 or visit