Program of Study
Choose a concentration in one of three tracks: Thematic, Geographic, Public history
Each one involves a reading and research seminar. For the reading seminar, you have a variety of course topic options such as American Colonial and Revolutionary History, Visual Media and Culture, U.S. History, European History, Late Modern History and more.
For the research seminar, you can choose between a focus on American, European, African or Latin American history. Additional seminar options include focuses on local and regional, social and economic, international, or global and comparative history, among others. If you choose the geographic or thematic concentration, you can opt to present a thesis in history in place of your research seminar with the approval of the department.
Work closely with UAlbany's history department faculty to hone your research skills by learning how to use tools like:
- Oral history techniques, including research, interviewing, recording and video editing
- Digital tools like imaging, mapping, virtual museums and augmented reality
- Quantitative methods such as data base management, graphics and data analysis
You might also choose to pursue a combined master's degree with information science or a Juris Doctor in Law. These tracks give you the unique chance to support your education in history with an interdisciplinary curriculum that will make you a strong candidate for post-graduation opportunities in law, archiving and other fields.
For more information, contact Alexander Dawson at 518-442-5300 or [email protected].
You may choose to pursue one of two dual master’s degrees. One in history and one in information science prepares you for careers in museums, archives, libraries, schools, historic sites and government agencies. While a master’s in history and a juris doctor in law prepares you for work in government and archival fields. By combining programs, it’s possible to overlap some credits and earn the degrees faster and more economically.
Earn your MA and law degree in less time through UAlbany's collaborative agreement with Albany Law School. This program enables you to earn both an MA in history and a JD in law in four years instead of the usual five. Elective credits from each degree counts toward the other's requirements. With these degrees, you can surmount complex legal issues in corporate, academic or government settings.
You must apply to and be accepted by both programs. Visit the Albany Law School Juris Doctor Program for curriculum and admissions requirements.
Develop the specialized skills and experience needed in today’s modern workplace with dual master’s degrees in history and information science at the University at Albany. By combining crucial historical analysis competencies with current approaches in information science, you can develop solutions to some of today’s most interesting challenges in libraries, museums, archives, historic sites, educational institutions, and elsewhere. The dual program offers a streamlined pathway through two degrees and draws on the University at Albany’s unique location near state archives and libraries and centered in New York’s high-tech corridor.
Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.
- Identify and interpret significant and innovative works of historical literature in at least one geographic or thematic area of concentration.
- Understand the scholarship, theory, and practical aspects of the fields of public and digital history, including historical media.
- Engage in primary source research wherein s/he identifies and interprets original evidence, develops original arguments, and demonstrates competence in critical analysis.
- Write in a clear and concise historical style.
- Evaluate the argument, narrative, evidence, and historiographic importance of a monograph