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History Master of Arts

Description

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

Applicants to the Master of Arts in History program must submit a completed application. Application materials are available online. The application includes:

  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 letter of intent explaining why the student wishes to pursue an MA at The College at Brockport.
  4. A sample of the student's writing (usually a term paper or other research project).

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

  1. Intellectual ability: In general, at least 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.

For further information about the application process, contact the Graduate School.

Program Requirements

Students must meet the College's standards for graduate study.

  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. All courses must carry graduate credit (500 level or above). At least 18 credits of the courses must be at the 600 level or above, excluding HST 710. All students must take at least one research-intensive 500 level course.
  4. Students may not apply more than 12 credits of non-classroom courses to the MA degree. At of the time of publication of the catalog, the courses to which this restrction applies are:
    • HST 503 Graduate Internship
    • HST 599 Independent Study in History
    • HST 691 Research in American History
    • HST 695 Research in World History
    • HST 699 Independent Study in History
    • HST 700 Historical Integration
    • HST 701 Masters Thesis
    • HST 702 Public History Capstone
    • HST 710 College Teaching Practicum

Students in this program choose from one of four tracks:

American History

  • HST 600 Introduction to Historical Study
  • HST 614 Reading Seminar in Early America
  • HST 615 Reading Seminar in Modern America

Note: Students complete elective courses in American history as necessary to fulfill the 33-credit requirement.

World History

  • HST 600 Introduction to Historical Study

Note: Students complete elective courses in world history as necessary to fulfill the 33-credit requirement.

American/World History

  • HST 600 Introduction to Historical Study
  • HST 700 Historical Integration

American Public History

  • HST 600 Introduction to Historical Study
  • HST 614 Reading Seminar in Early America
  • HST 615 Reading Seminar in Modern America
  • HST 702 Public History Capstone

Department of History

Department Chair: Owen Ireland
Location: Brown 133
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Phone: (585) 395-2377
Fax: (585) 395-2620

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Katherine Clark Ph.D
(Indiana University-Bloomington)
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Shellie M Clark BS
(SUNY College At Brockport)
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John P Daly Ph.D
(Rice University)
Associate Professor

Carl Davila Ph.D
(Yale University)
Associate Professor

Owen S Ireland Ph.D
(University Of Pittsburgh-Main Campus)
Distinguished Teaching Professor and Chair

W Bruce Leslie Ph.D
(Johns Hopkins University)
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Anne S Macpherson Ph.D
(University Of Wisconsin-Madison)
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Salahuddin Malik Ph.D
(McGill University)
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Morag S Martin Ph.D
(University Of California-Irvine)
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Paul B Moyer Ph.D
(College Of William And Mary)
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Stephen T Neese Ph.D
(George Washington University)
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Takashi Nishiyama Ph.D
(Ohio State University-Main Campus)
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Kenneth P O'Brien Ph.D
(Northwestern University)
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Alison M Parker Ph.D
(Johns Hopkins University)
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Meredith L Roman Ph.D
(Michigan State University)
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Teri L Rombaut BA
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Andrew Russo BA
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Angela Thompsell Ph.D
(University Of Michigan-Ann Arbor)
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Jose R Torre Ph.D
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