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American Public History

This new track will allow students to gain mastery in American history through the required seminars and electives, as well as include required courses in public history, two internships and a final project that focuses on the creation of public history.

The new public history track will provide a rigorous, coordinated training for students, making them marketable for entry-level jobs in public and corporate archives, museums, historical sites, parks and historical societies, as well as to enter programs in museum studies or library school.

Students will be introduced to the topic of public history and to the study of material culture in the Rochester region in their required core courses. Students will network with local institutions by doing internships and gain valuable hands-on professional experience (for instance at the Genesee Village and Country Museum, Rochester Historian’s Office, Rochester Historical Society, Strong Museum of Play, Emily Knapp Museum and other local historical societies and archives). At the end of the MA, students will produce a public history project such as an exhibit and catalogue around the display of objects (virtual, digital or actual); a website based on a non-material topic in public history; an essay aimed at public history scholars; a project based in internship experience; an oral history project.


American Public History Track Requirements

Required Courses

HST 600 Introduction to Historical Study        3 credits

HST 614 Early America Seminar                    3 credits

HST 615 Modern America Seminar                3 credits

HST 702 Public History Capstone                   3 credits


2 of the following

HST 512 Public History                                     3 credits   or

HST 513 Rochester Reform Trail                      3 credits   or

HST 527 Material Culture                                  3 credits


2 of the following

HST 503 Internship                                           3 credits  or

HST 585 Internship                                           3 credits  or

ANT 562 Internship                                           3 credits

HST 702 Public History Capstone                     3 credits



HST 601 Topics in American History               3 credits

HST 601 Topics in American History               3 credits

HST 500 or 600 level American History           3 credits


Total Number of Credits                                  33

Last Updated 2/13/15


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"