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A Word from the Director


Greetings! On behalf of the faculty in the Department of History, I am pleased to welcome your interest in the MA in History program. I hope that our Web pages will answer many of your questions. But please feel free to be in touch with me personally--either by phone (585) 395-5690, FAX (585) 395-2620 or by e-mail at

Here, in brief, are some of the major features of the program:

  • 33-credit degree program with the possibility to transfer a modest number of appropriate courses
  • all required courses in the evening to accommodate working students
  • opportunity for both full and part-time study
  • small seminars and closely supervised individual research projects
  • close relationship with faculty members
  • major fields in American and world history
  • minor fields in public history, women’s history as well as American and world history
  • an integrative experience (comprehensive essay or master's thesis) at the end to bring your studies together
  • a professionally active faculty of published scholars and accomplished teachers
  • a diverse student body of practicing teachers, career changers, PhD aspirants, public historians, and others

Many of our students have majored in history as undergraduates, but by no means all. Successful applicants for admission will need a strong academic record, some background in history or related disciplines in the humanities or social sciences, a love of the field, and a commitment to hard work.

So whether you are interested in an MA degree or would like to sample a course or two on a non-matriculated basis, have a look around the website and then get in touch with me to see how our program might fit your needs. I look forward to hearing from you!

Morag Martin
Program Director

Last Updated 7/31/12


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"