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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


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.

Dr. Takashi Nishiyama has published a book, Engineering War and Peace in Modern Japan, 1868-1964 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014).

Dr. Takashi Nishiyama was interviewed by Mainichi, a major national newspaper in Japan, for the Oct. 3, 2014, issue.

The department hosted an NEH Workshop, Rochester Reform Trail, for K-12 teachers in July 2014.

History major Amy Freeman has published an article on the Eastman Dental Dispensary in the Democrat and Chronicle.

Dr. Takashi Nishiyama was interviewed by Yomuiri, a major national newspaper in Japan.

Dr. Ken O'Brien has been named a SUNY Provost Fellow for the 2013-2014 year.

Dr. Bruce Leslie has been named a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor.


The Malik Lecture will be held on Thursday, February 12, 2015, at 7 pm at the Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage.

The Robert Marcus Lecture will be held on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at 7:30 pm in the lecture hall (room 104) of the Liberal Arts Building.