The History, Anthropology, Political Science, Philosophy, Spanish (HAPPS) Department offers a Master of Arts in Humanities with an emphasis in American history. The goals of this program are to satisfy students’ desires for additional directed study of United States history, to assist teachers in meeting highly qualified status under NCLB, and to provide access for students to earn an M.A. degree before going on to doctoral studies. All professors in this program hold Ph.D.s and are committed to developing and encouraging students to achieve their academic potential. The degree is delivered using a mixture of face-to-face and Internet courses.

  • Admissions Requirements

    Students desiring to enroll in the Master of Arts degree program in the Department of HAPPS must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, preferably in history. An acceptable minor in history or the equivalent from an accredited institution will be considered. Students without undergraduate majors in history or related areas may be required to take prerequisite courses. These may vary according to the student’s specialization. All applicants must submit the following information to the Graduate School, Adams State University, 208 Edgemont Blvd., Alamosa, CO 81101.

    1. An application for admission to graduate study. 
    2. A $30 non-refundable application fee. 
    3. An official transcript sent directly from the institution to the ASU Graduate School verifying receipt of the baccalaureate degree. Transcripts from ASU need not be requested; however, official transcripts confirming transfer courses are required. Unofficial transcripts or transcripts marked “issued to student” will not be accepted. 
    4. A letter of application 
    5. A recent resume 
    6. Two recent letters of recommendation from associates who can speak to the applicant’s academic strengths and potential. 
    7. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate history courses is required. 
    8. Additional information may be requested by the department chair before a decision can be determined. 
    9. The department chair will notify students of admission decisions.
  • Degree Requirements

    Minimum degree requirements are 30 hours as outlined below. However, at the time of admission, students may be assigned additional coursework to remedy background deficiencies. Coursework falling into this remedial category will not count toward the master’s degree.


    • Students may transfer a maximum of six hours of graduate courses from an accredited institution. All transfer hours must be approved by the department chair.
    • Student must write an acceptable thesis, which must be developed according to the prescribed standards below.
      1. Form a master’s thesis committee consisting of at least two professionals. One must be a full-time member of the Adams State HAPPS faculty. A committee member outside the department of HAPPS must be approved by the department chair.
      2. Register for HIST 591 (must have completed at least 24 hours of M.A. coursework)
      3. Obtain approval for the thesis from their advisor.
      4. Obtain approval for the thesis from the department chair.
      5. File in the library an original AND one copy of the thesis in a form prescribed by the Graduate Council. One copy of thesis is filed with department chair. Committee members also generally receive a copy of the completed thesis. The library copy should be unbound and delivered to the Graduate School.

    All candidates for a master’s degree in humanities must meet graduation requirements as set forth in the Adams State University Academic Catalog.