To accommodate students with hectic work and family lives, Adams State offers this M.A. program online. Graduate study at Adams State is responsive and professional, with an emphasis on bridging the gap between knowledge and practical application. Expert faculty offer relevant, current, and rigorous coursework designed to help students advance in their chosen career paths or successfully transition to new fields. At the same time, the curriculums and culture foster a sense of civic responsibility and engagement.

U.S. History

Immerse yourself in the directed study of topics in U.S. history while earning your M.A. in U.S. History from Adams State University. Students who choose the U.S. History emphasis learn a variety of methods that historians use to understand the past while honing their research, writing and critical-thinking skills.
The degree provides an advanced understanding of historiography through intense surveys of state and national phenomenon, including the relationships among geography, culture, and political theory.
For secondary education teachers, the degree is a step towards meeting the ‘highly qualified’ status under NCLB. It also provides students with the skills and qualifications necessary to pursue admission to PhD programs if they choose.

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Program Highlights

The master’s program is offered through an innovative curriculum that blends online coursework with skill building practicum projects that allow students to apply what they learn to real work situations.  Students can enter the program at the beginning of any semester.  Two courses and a practicum are offered each semester so the program can be completed in two years.  Since the curriculum is fully online, there is no need to come to the Alamosa campus to complete the program.


Payscale and career advancement. Prepare yourself for a Ph.D. program.

Prepare yourself for law school. Attain employment as a Social Studies Teacher or other professional.

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Rich Loosbrock, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History

Cultural Resource Management and U.S. History Program Coordinator