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DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY

(585) 395-2377

Chairperson and Associate Professor: Kathleen S. Kutolowski, PhD, University of Rochester; Distinguished Teaching Professors: Arden Bucholz, PhD, University of Chicago; Owen S. Ireland, PhD, University of Pittsburgh; Professors: John W. Killigrew, PhD, Indiana University; W. Bruce Leslie, PhD, Johns Hopkins University; Salahuddin Malik, PhD, McGill University; Lynn H. Parsons, PhD, Johns Hopkins University; Associate Professors: John P. Daly, PhD, Rice University; Anne S. Macpherson, PhD, University of Wisconsin; Kenneth P. O'Brien, PhD, Northwestern University; Alison M. Parker, PhD, Johns Hopkins University; Wanda E. Wakefield, PhD, SUNY Buffalo; Associate Professor Emeritus: Ronald W. Herlan, PhD, SUNY Buffalo; Assistant Professors: Katherine Clark, PhD, Indiana University; Jennifer M. Lloyd, PhD, University of Rochester; Morag Martin, PhD, University of California-Irvine; Paul B. Moyer, PhD, The College of William and Mary; James Spiller, PhD, University of Wisconsin.

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For more than a quarter century the Department of History has offered high quality and rigorous graduate training in history to a diverse student body, including secondary school teachers seeking certification or advanced training; those committed to museum, archival and records management careers; PhD aspirants; and mid-life career changers from a variety of professions. Their one common feature has been a love of history and a desire to study it intensively.

Admission to the Program
There are two ways to begin graduate study in history:

  1. Students may sample a course or two on a non-matriculated basis. Students should consult with the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of History before registering to help ensure that the courses selected match the student's needs and background.
  2. Students may apply for admission to the MA in History as a matriculated degree candidate.

The Admissions Process: Application forms can be obtained from the Office of Graduate Admissions at (585) 395-5465; Office of Graduate Admissions at SUNY Brockport, 350 New Campus Drive, Brockport, NY 14420; or by e-mailing gradadmit@brockport.edu.

Please submit application materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions by May 15 to be considered for summer admission; by July 15 for fall-semester admission; and by December 1 for spring-semester admission. Students must submit the following credentials to the Office of Graduate Admissions as part of the self-managed application packet:

  1. Official transcripts of all college work, both graduate and undergraduate. Students may transfer up to 12 graduate credits of course work from other institutions with the approval of the Graduate Committee.
  2. Two letters of recommendation from college or university instructors or others qualified to evaluate the student's likely success as a graduate student in history.
  3. A sample of the student's writing (usually a term paper or other research project).

OPTIONAL: The department encourages but does not require scores from the Graduate Record Examination.

Criteria for Admission: In assessing these materials, the Graduate Committee in the Department of History will consider the following:

  1. Intellectual ability: In general, a "B" average in previous college course work is expected.
  2. Background in history: An undergraduate major in history is helpful, but not required. Students without a history major should have the equivalent of a minor field (15-18 credits) in history and/or other disciplines in the humanities or social sciences.
  3. Writing, research and analytical skills.
  4. A passion for the study of history and an ability to articulate how the MA program fits with the student's personal and career plans.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS AND OPTIONS

General Requirements:

  1. The MA in History is a 33-credit degree program.
  2. Up to 12 credits of graduate course work with a grade of "B" or better may be transferred from other institutions with the approval of the Graduate Committee. Courses presented for transfer credit must have been taken within the past five years.
  3. Students must have at least a "B" average in their graduate course work to be eligible for graduation. Those with GPAs below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. Two semesters with GPAs below 3.0 may result in academic dismissal.
  4. All courses must carry graduate credit (500 or above). At least half of the courses must be at the 600 level or above.
  5. Degree requirements must be completed within five years of the date of matriculation.
The MA Curriculum:
  1. HST 600 Introduction to Historical Studies. (3 credits): Acquaints students at the beginning of their MA work with the major approaches to historical inquiry practiced in the 20th century.
  2. The Major Field. (18 credits): Students will choose between two tracks to complete a major field. Each track involves several reading seminars, a research experience, and electives.
  3. A. American History
    Credits
    HST 614
    Reading Seminar in Early America
    3
    HST 615
    Reading Seminar in Modern America
    3
    HST 691
    Research in American History
    3
    HST XXX
    Elective in American History
    3
    HST XXX
    Elective in American History
    3
    HST XXX
    Elective in American History
    3

     

    B. World History
    Credits
    HST 64X Regional Seminar
    3
    HST 64X Regional Seminar
    3
    HST 695 Research in World History
    3
    HST XXX Elective in World History
    3
    HST XXX Elective in World History
    3
    HST XXX Elective in World History
    3

    NOTE: Regional Seminars on Europe, Africa, East Asia, Latin America and others rotate from semester to semester. The Reading Seminars in American History may also be used to satisfy World History requirements.

  4. The Minor Field (9 credits): Students may construct a minor field in a variety of ways. A selection of courses in world or American history constitutes the most common option. Public history (including museum studies, archive and record management, and local history) is an area the graduate program is developing. Students may also take up to nine credits in graduate courses outside of history and apply them to an interdisciplinary minor field, such as women's studies. Some students interested in teaching have built a minor field in education.
  5. A Capstone Experience: Students may choose one of two options:
    1. HST 700 Historical Integration (3 credits): A semester-long individualized experience designed to integrate a student's graduate studies. Normally results in an essay of 30-50 pages and an oral defense of the essay.
    2. HST 701 Master's Thesis (3 credits): Designed to meet the needs of those students who wish to focus their graduate studies more heavily toward research by writing a master's thesis. The thesis must be connected to broad historical trends and reflect a knowledge of recent historiography. Successful completion of the thesis, including an oral examination, is required for graduation for those choosing this option.

OTHER PROGRAM POSSIBILITIES:

  1. HST 710 College Teaching Practicum: Provides an opportunity to assist one of the faculty members in teaching at the introductory undergraduate level. Requires reading in the literature on current teaching practice and course development, and involves participation in every aspect of college-level teaching-lecturing, leading discussions, preparing and evaluating exams and papers, tutoring students out of class and more. Normally culminates in a pedagogical essay reflecting on the teaching experience.
  2. Internships: The department maintains relationships with a number of area institutions, particularly museums.
  3. Overseas Study: A few graduate students have pursued a portion of their program in foreign universities. The program is pleased to accept applicable work as transfer credit.

FINANCIAL AID
The department offers a limited number of assistantships and fellowships. Please contact the Program Director for details.
Students who would like a copy of the Master of Arts in History Program Handbook and other information about the program should write or call:

Director of Graduate Studies
Department of History
SUNY College at Brockport
350 New Campus Drive
Brockport, New York 14420-2956
Telephone: (585) 395-2377

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