All Hagley Scholars are required to complete 30 credits (ten classes). Some of these classes must be selected to fulfill History Department requirements. All Hagley Scholars choose their own curriculum, but they all take a course in the history of capitalism (offered every two years) and one other designated course reflecting student and faculty interests which rotates annually. (In recent years, this course has included: the historiography of technology, the history of consumption, readings in cultural history, etc.) Ph.D. students take a written comprehensive examination and write a dissertation. A thesis is optional for M.A. students. About half of all Hagley students also choose to complete a museum studies certificate. For more details, see the Guidelines to the Graduate Program in History.