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HISTORY - WITH THESIS MASTER'S PROGRAM (MAHIST)

The aim of History MA program is to provide an opportunity for all undergraduate students with diverse undergraduate backgrounds to acquire a solid academic basis on Ottoman and modern Turkish history. Students aiming to further their academic studies towards a PhD degree in the history of the Ottoman Empire, the Balkans or the Middle East, are strongly encouraged to select the MA program with thesis. Students planning to continue their research in areas other than history have the possibility to select the non-thesis MA program.

Within the framework of the MA Thesis course, they are expected to research and write an MA thesis of around 80 pages on a previously submitted and approved topic.

Any student who has successfully completed his/her coursework within the usual four semesters, but who needs additional thesis completion time, may, upon applying to the Social Sciences Institute, be granted a maximum of two more semesters for this purpose.

SUMMARY OF DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Course Category Min. ECTS Credits Min. SU Credits Min. Courses
Master Thesis 35 - 1
Required Courses 58 6 7
Core Electives I (Language Courses) - - -
Core Electives II (Sources and Methods Courses) 10 3 1
Core Electives III (Research Seminars) 10 3 1
Area Electives 50 15 5
Total 163 27 15

 

Master Thesis

An original thesis of around 70 pages on a previously submitted and approved topic is called for.


  Course Name ECTS Credits SU Credits Faculty
     HIST 599 Master's Thesis 35 0 FASS
 

Required Courses

The following courses are all required.


  Course Name ECTS Credits SU Credits Faculty
     GR 501S Academic Practices and Development 7 0 FASS
     GR 502S Academic Practices and Development 2 7 0 FASS
     GR 503S Academic Practices and Development 3 7 0 FASS
     GR 555S Academic Writing for Graduate Students 7 0 FASS
     HIST 500 M.A. Pro-Seminar 10 0 FASS
     HIST 501 Explorations in World History I 10 3 FASS
     HIST 502 Explorations in World History II 10 3 FASS
 

Core Electives I (Language Courses)

Although language courses are not required, students intending to specialize in Ottaman History are strongly encouraged to register for language courses as early as possible. In calculating overall graduation requirements, language courses are counted as Area Electives. A maximum of 2 of the language courses listed below may be counted towards the 9 credit courses required for the MA by Thesis. All advanced language training comes in the form of HIST-coded 600-level seminars.


  Course Name ECTS Credits SU Credits Faculty
     ARA 510 Basic Arabic I 10 3 SL
     ARA 520 Basic Arabic II 10 3 SL
     ARA 530 Intermediate Arabic I 10 3 SL
     ARA 540 Intermediate Arabic II 10 3 SL
     PERS 501 Beginning Persian I - 4 SL
     PERS 502 Beginning Persian II - 4 SL
     PERS 503 Intermediate Persian I - 4 SL
     PERS 504 Intermediate Persian II - 4 SL
     PERS 550 Advanced Persian I 10 3 SL
     PERS 560 Advanced Persian II 10 3 SL
     TLL 510 Basic Ottoman Turkish I 10 3 SL
     TLL 520 Basic Ottoman Turkish II 10 3 SL
     TLL 530 Intermediate Ottoman Turkish I 10 3 SL
     TLL 540 Intermediate Ottoman Turkish II 10 3 SL
 

Core Electives II (Sources and Methods Courses)

Students have to choose at least 1 course from this pool. Any and all Sources and Methods courses taken and passed in excess of this minimum may be counted towards completion of the student's Area Electives requirement. In addition to the courses listed below, certain specialized 500-coded courses occasionally offered by visiting professors or full-time staff may, by decision of the History Program Committee, be counted towards completion of the Sources and Methods requirement.


  Course Name ECTS Credits SU Credits Faculty
     HIST 517 Introduction to Orientalism and Oriental Studies 10 3 FASS
     HIST 549 Sources and Methods for 19th and 20th Century Balkan History 10 3 FASS
     HIST 561 Sources and Methods for Ottoman History, 1450-1600 10 3 FASS
     HIST 572 Sources and Methods for 17th and 18th century Ottoman History 10 3 FASS
     HIST 581 Sources and Methods for 19th Century Ottoman History 10 3 FASS
     HIST 591 Sources and Methods for Early Republican History, 1920-1938 10 3 FASS
     HIST 592 Sources and Methods for Late Republican History, 1938-1950 10 3 FASS
 

Core Electives III (Research Seminars)

Students have to choose at least 1 course from this pool. Any and all Research Seminars taken and passed in excess of this minimum may be counted towards completion of the student's Research Seminars requirement.


  Course Name ECTS Credits SU Credits Faculty
     HART 623 Art and Power 10 3 FASS
     HART 626 Ottoman Architectural Practices 10 3 FASS
     HIST 609 Ottoman Historians and Chroniclers 10 3 FASS
     HIST 611 Readings in Ottoman Material Culture 10 3 FASS
     HIST 613 Readings in Ottoman Legal Culture 10 3 FASS
     HIST 621 Royal Courts and Households 10 3 FASS
     HIST 622 Ceremonies in Courts and Capital Cities 10 3 FASS
     HIST 623 Revolutions in History 10 3 FASS
     HIST 625 Topics in Ottoman Cultural History 10 3 FASS
     HIST 637 Research in Popular and Applied History VII : Topics in Nationalist Conflict and the Breakup of Empire I 10 3 FASS
     HIST 638 Research in Popular and Applied History VIII : Topics in Nationalist Conflict and the Breakup of Empire II 10 3 FASS
     HIST 647 History of Political Ideas in the Balkans in the Modern Era (19th and 20th Centuries) 10 3 FASS
     HIST 650 The Eastern Question, 1768-1923 10 3 FASS
     HIST 652 The Patriarchate and the Monasteries in the Ottoman Empire 10 3 FASS
     HIST 653 Aspects of Ottoman Rule in the Bulgarian Lands in the Pre-Tanzimat Period 10 3 FASS
     HIST 669 Topics in the History of Ottoman Slavery 10 3 FASS
     HIST 671 The Making of Istanbul 10 3 FASS
     HIST 672 Seminar for Ottoman history 10 3 FASS
     HIST 681 Seminar for Late Ottoman history 10 3 FASS
     HIST 682 Politics and Society in Ottoman Cities, 16th -18th centuries 10 3 FASS
     HIST 689 Special Readings on National Memory I : Varieties of Early Turkish Nationalism 10 3 FASS
     HIST 690 Texts and Constructions of National Memory II : Reading the Republican Historians 10 3 FASS
     HIST 692 Modern Dictatorships, and the One-Party Period 10 3 FASS
     HIST 694 Turkish Political Thought 10 3 FASS
     HIST 695 Reform and the History of Ideas in the Ottoman Empire in the 19th century 10 3 FASS
     HIST 696 The Tanzimat Process as a Transfer of Knowledge 10 3 FASS
     HIST 697 Late Ottoman and Modern Turkish Foreign Policy, 1870-1970 10 3 FASS
     LIT 524 Postcolonial Theory and Literatures 10 3 FASS
     LIT 692 Advanced Topics in Turkish Literature 10 3 FASS
 

Area Electives

Students have to take a minimum of 5 area electives. While some or all of these can be taken from among those listed below, they can also be taken from within the Core Electives pools I, II, III on the condition that they are above and beyond the indicated requirements. Additional rules are the following: (a) A maximum of 2 of the Core Electives I courses may be counted as Area Electives. Besides, subject to the recommendation of the History Program Committee ,students are entitled to take at most 2 out of their 5 Area Electives either (b) from other graduate course pools not overlapping with the overall course pool of the History programs, and/or, (c) subject also to the approval of the Social Sciences Institute, from among 300- and 400-coded HIST or HIST-related courses.

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**Courses in more than one areas are listed in the area according to order of appearence in Summary of Degree Requirements list. That is, if a course is both area elective and core elective,then it is listed in core elective courses list.

***Undergraduate courses are not listed in graduate area requirements even if they are among them.

****Since graduation requirements may change dependent to the enrollment year to the University, we advise our students who enrolled at SU in previous years and still continue their education, to track their graduation requirements completion via Information System - Degree Evaluation.