Welcome! The Department of History provides students with a thorough grounding in the past, seen from both social scientific and humanistic perspectives, and in the nature of history and historical analysis.

The study of history prepares students to pursue careers in fields as diverse as law, education, religion, journalism and media, business and government.

Undergraduates choose one of three concentrations (US, European, or World history), and an honors program and combined B.A./M.A. program are also available to qualified students. In addition, the Department participates in several interdepartmental programs, including Africana Studies, Asian Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies (with a concentration in Documentary Studies), Social Studies, Women's Studies, Judaic Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and Russian and East European Studies.

On a graduate level, the Department of History offers a Doctor of Philosophy degree, a Master of Arts degree in History, a Master of Arts degree in History with a concentration in Public History, a Master of Arts degree in History with a concentration in History & Media, and a Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) in Public History. The M.A. in History may also be combined with the M.S. in Information Science. In addition, the department participates in several interdepartmental programs, such as Social Studies (which the department administers) and Liberal Studies.


Department News

Prof. Sheila Curran Bernard awarded a 2016 NYFA Fellowship and 2016 Geri Ashur Screenwriting Award

Congratulations to Professor Sheila Curran Bernard for winning a 2016 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship in Playwriting/Screenwriting and for winning the highly prestigious 2016 Geri Ashur Screenwriting Award from NYFA! For more information on the fellowship and award, click here.

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