The Major and the Minor

The Major

Students majoring in History must complete a minimum of 36 credits in history. These credits must be distributed as follows:

  • Twelve (12) credits of foundational coursework: three 100-level or 200-level, including one in USA, one in Europe, and one in World History, and one 200-level course in any region;

    • Three (3) credits earned in the department’s method course, A His 395, the Historian’s Craft;

    • Eighteen (18) credits of coursework in advanced coursework: three 300-level or 400-level courses in any region or topic, and three 300-level courses, including one in USA, one in Europe, and one in World;

    • Three (3) credits earned in the department’s capstone course, A His 489Z, the Senior Research Seminar.

* Students must take A His 395 before taking A His 489z;

* Students should take their foundational coursework before proceeding to advanced coursework at the 300 level;

* Students must take at least one course of three (3) credits at the 100 or 200 level in residence in the Department of History at the University at Albany (as part of the university-mandated overall major residency requirement of 18 credits);

* Students may count no more than six (6) credits of Advanced Placement (AP) coursework toward the major.

Please note that the History 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.

The Minor

Students minoring in history must complete a minimum of 18 credits in coursework with an AHIS prefix. Of these 18 credits, 9 or more must be in coursework at or above the 300 level, and no more than 12 credits can be from any one of the three geographic areas of concentration (US, Europe, and World).

A student may, on petition to the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the history department, count toward the minor one relevant course of no more than 4 credits taken in a department other than history.

Combined B.A./M.A. Program

The combined B.A./M.A. program in history provides an opportunity for students of recognized academic ability and educational maturity to fulfill integrated requirements of undergraduate and master’s degree programs from the beginning of their junior year.

The combined program requires a minimum of 138 credits, of which at least 30 must be graduate credits. In qualifying for the B.A., students must meet all University and college requirements, including the requirements of the major program in history described previously, the minor requirement, the minimum 90-credit liberal arts and sciences requirement, General Education, and residency requirements. In qualifying for the M.A., students must meet all University and college requirements as outlined in the Graduate Bulletin, including completion of a minimum of 30 graduate credits and any other conditions, such as a research seminar, thesis, comprehensive examination, other professional experience, and residency requirements. Up to 12 graduate credits may be applied simultaneously to both the B.A. and M.A. programs.

Students are considered as undergraduates until completion of 120 graduation credits and satisfactory completion of all B.A. requirements. Upon meeting B.A. requirements, students are automatically considered as graduate students. A cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher and three supportive letters of recommendation from faculty, one of whom must be from the Department of History, are required for consideration. Students are admitted to the combined program upon the recommendation of the department’s Graduate Committee.

Visit the Department at any time should you have questions or need advisement. We are located in the Social Sciences Building. The main office is located on the first floor in Room 145; many faculty members and teaching assistants are located on the ground floor in Suite 60.

Undergraduate Director
Professor Christopher Pastore, Ph.D.
Office: SS 060J - Phone: 442-5311