History Master's

Sample Courses

  • Advanced Historical Research Methods
  • Approaches to History

Popular Electives

  • Empires and History
  • History of Death and Dying
  • History of Nation-states, Civil Society, and Popular Politics
  • History of the Environment, Science, and Technology
  • Intersectional Histories
  • Readings in African History
  • Readings in Asian History
  • Readings in Early American History
  • Readings in Modern European History
  • Readings in Modern US History

History Master's

Why study history at Geneseo?

The master of arts program in history offers advanced training in United States and global history. Students will develop advanced synthetic skills as they seek to understand the impact of events and processes across time and space. Courses combine skills-based instruction with deep investigations into the various meanings and approaches to understanding the past. Students also have the option to pursue a thesis or an internship in consultation with their advisor. The program provides a strong grounding in historical content, public engagement, and advanced skills in research, analysis, and writing.


Program Options

  • MA in History

Program Highlights

  • The department has a strong commitment to international perspectives and offers courses in five continental areas (Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America).
  • Courses include diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice content.
  • A structured advisement program helps students connect their learning to career and life goals.
  • Courses are taught by award-winning instructors with a strong scholarly record.
  • The 32-credit program can be completed in three full-time terms.
  • A flexible program for full-time and part-time students offers courses in the fall, spring, and summer. During the regular academic year, courses are offered in the late afternoon or early evening.
  • Undergraduate seniors can enroll in the program and take courses.
  • Graduate assistantships are available.
  • Geneseo hosts a chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society.

Example Careers

  • Social Studies Teacher
  • Historian
  • Archivist
  • Museum Curator
  • Historic Preservationist
  • Community College Professor
  • University Professor
  • Public Historian
  • Consultant
  • Journalist

Career Outlook

The NY Department of Labor’s Long-Term Occupational Employment Projections expect Postsecondary History Teachers to grow substantially by 2028, increasing by a “very favorable” 28%. Archivists, Curators, and Librarians are rated “favorable.”

Contact Info

Justin Behrend, Professor of History
Doty Hall 206

History Department

History Faculty

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