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Public History Capstone (HST 7XX)

Students in the public history track will be expected to enroll in HST 7xx, a public history capstone worth 3 credits, in their final semester.

1. Students will produce a public history project conceived in consultation with their project advisor.  Projects can include: a virtual exhibit and catalogue designed around historical objects and aimed at a public history audience; a website based on a non-material topic in public history and designed for a public history audience; an essay aimed at public history scholars; an essay or report based on a substantial internship experience in a public history environment such as a museum or local historical society; an oral history project culminating in a website or other form of exhibit.  Projects can be virtual (on the web), digital (a video or photographic product), or material (a physical exhibit).


2. All projects must, however, have a formal written component of at least fifteen pages.  Stand-alone essays (essays not accompanied by a substantial virtual, digital or other component) must be at least thirty pages in length.


3. The public history capstone is capped off by an oral defense by the committee.


4. The public history capstone is graded.  A “B” is necessary to pass and to fulfill the requirements of the MA program.


EXPECTATIONS for History 7xx (Public History Capstone)

Student must fulfill the following:

  • Ask two faculty to serve on your committee who are appropriate for your topic (if you do not know who to ask please ask the graduate director for advice).
  • Present them with possible project.
  • Present them with a list of previously read books/articles in graduate classes or internship experiences that connect with the project and topic.
  • Finalize this project with your first reader and present a revised and augmented list of possible sources, resources and bibliography.
  • Meet regularly throughout the semester/summer with your first reader.
  • Submit drafts (number specified by first reader) of the written portion of the work to the first reader.
  • Submit updates of the project (be it virtual or material) to your first reader
  • Submit a final draft and project to both readers in plenty of time for revisions prior to filing deadline.
  • Schedule an oral defense prior to filing deadline.

Faculty readers must fulfill the following:

  • The first reader must provide clear grading criteria in the contract.
  • The first reader will help the student shape the project and its topic, suggest added sources and approve of the final project.
  • The first reader will return drafts of the essay in time for the student to make revisions needed to graduate at an agreed date.
  • The first reader will provide feedback on the project and its conceptualization.
  • The second reader will return final draft of the essay and project with comments in time for the student to make revisions.

Last Updated 11/9/12


Congratulations to Dr. Jose R. Torre on winning the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching!

History major Michael Zagari has been accepted into the Duquesne University School of Law this coming fall on a full academic scholarship! During his time at Brockport, Mike has played on the NCAA men’s ice hockey team and has won the Jack Crandall and Robert Griswold History Department Awards.

History major Gabrielle Brannigan received a scholarship to enter the MA program in Social Studies and Special Education at the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education.

History professor Jose R. Torre to direct NEH Landmarks Workshop for K-12 teachers. The Rochester Reform Trail explores Rochester’s nationally important antebellum reform history. This July, 72 K-12 teachers from as far away as California, Florida and Oregon will visit Rochester and learn why national figures like Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony chose to live and work for social justice in Rochester, New York.


Robert Marcus Memorial Lecture, Thursday, 4/14/16, 7:30 pm, McCue Auditorium (LibArt 104 A/B), Dr. Raymond Craib (Cornell University), Title: "The Cry of the Renegade:  The politics and poetry of subversion in Santiago, Chile"