History Graduate Program

The History Department considers both breadth and depth to be key components of advanced study. The Department also takes seriously its commitment to training historians who will be active in public life in a number of capacities. Because of this, the graduate program organizes its offerings along both thematic and geographical lines. While concentrating on the history of one geographic area, students study intensively in one of a number of major thematic fields (Public Policy history; International, Global and Comparative history; Cultural history; Social and Economic history; Gender history). Within these, current areas of strength include the U.S. and the world in the twentieth century, global religions, imperialism, public history, environmental history, public policy, and business history. We train students who want to study the U.S., early modern Europe, modern Europe, Imperial and Soviet Russia, modern Latin America, and modern Asia.

The History Department offers a Doctor of Philosophy, a Master of Arts in History, a Master of Arts in History with a concentration in Public History, a Master of Arts in History with a concentration in History and 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, Liberal Studies, and Library Science. It also offers the opportunity for specialized training in research tools that include foreign languages, oral history, digital history, and quantitative methods.

The department also offers a combined B.A./M.A. degree program in History.  Qualified undergraduates may apply for admission to the M.A. program and, if accepted, simultaneously work toward completion of the requirements for both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

The Ph.D. aims to prepare students for academic careers as scholars and teachers as well as for professional opportunities in research, history and media, public policy, and policy analysis. The M.A. serves several purposes. It is a stepping stone to the doctorate; it is a qualifying degree for secondary-school teaching; and it is a way for interested students to extend their liberal arts education. The CAS and the MA concentrations in Public History are designed to train professional historians for work outside conventional academic settings.

Located in Albany, New York and within short travel distance of New York City and Boston, the graduate program is part of a rich regional network of research and internship possibilities. On campus, the University libraries provide access to more than 2.5 million volumes and have remarkably vast and original Special Collections. The University's location in the state capital affords ready access to the New York State Library, containing over three million items, and to the New York State Archives, containing more than twenty-five thousand cubic feet of records. The Albany area is the home of major state agencies such as the State Archives, the State Museum and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. It also has many public and private museums, historical societies and archives, and fifteen other colleges and universities.

To learn more about applying, see: http://www.albany.edu/graduate/

Professor Susan Gauss, Ph.D., Graduate Director
Office SS145E
Phone: 518-442-5345
sgauss@albany.edu