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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


Our sincere congratulations to Matty Lynn Kuhar who won the 2016 School of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Undergraduate Award!

Dr. Alison Parker has been invited to be this year's Harriet Jacobs Lecturer at Purdue University. Her talk is entitled Mary Church Terrell, Black Women, and the Rise of the Democratic Party. 

Dr. Nishiyama has been invited to give a talk (title "Kamikaze Technology and Culture for War: Japan and the USA, 1941-2001") at the RIT.

Dr. Alison Parker facilitated significant donation of historical papers to Oberlin College and participates in its celebratory symposium on the life of racial justice advocate Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954).

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


History Forum will host Region 11&12 Meeting of the Association of Public Historians of New York State, on 4/30 (Saturday, from 9am to about 4pm) at McCue Auditorium (LAB104).

History Department Graduation Ceremony will be held in New York Room, Cooper Hall, at 10:30 am, May 14 (Saturday).