A Master's Thesis (HST 701)
Some students may choose to emphasize the research element of their programs by writing a master's thesis. The thesis is a 3 credit project for those matriculated before Summer 09, a 6 credit project after that. As a 6 credit project it should be spread out over at least 2 semesters. Students who choose to do a thesis must have a 3.8 GPA or the written permission of both the first and second reader. Students who are approved for a 6 credit thesis can eliminate 1 elective from their course of study. Thesis is graded and a B grade is necessary for fulfilling the requirements of the MA. If the readers cannot come to an agreement about the grade, the Graduate Committee will mediate. Students who earn an A or A- will have their theses bound in the library. Those students must submit three copies of the final revised version in the correct format.
Obviously, a thesis is a major undertaking and will require some advanced planning on your part. It is not a project that can be developed quickly or on the spur of the moment. A master's thesis involves extensive research on a clearly defined and limited topic. It also includes a clear sense of where your original research into primary sources fits into the larger historiography of your topic.
EXPECTATIONS and CONTRACT for History 701 (Thesis)
Student must fulfill the following:
Faculty readers must fulfill the following:
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.
Dr. Takashi Nishiyama has published a book, Engineering War and Peace in Modern Japan, 1868-1964 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014).
The department will host the NEH Workshop, Rochester Reform Trail, for K-12 teachers in July 2015.
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.