Historical Studies

As a Historical Studies student, you will explore human history and the nature of human existence by examining topics such as the development of social, political and religious groups; national experiences; a particular time period or important historic figure or event; or themes such as women in history. You also will develop valuable research, analytical and communications skills as, together with a faculty mentor, you create a program to meet your specific needs and goals.

Why choose a degree in Historical Studies?

Students with a degree in Historical Studies are prepared to go on to careers in:

  • Teaching,
  • Historic preservation and restoration,
  • Research,
  • Archiving,
  • Work in a museum or library,
  • Graduate school,
  • Public history, or
  • Law.

Degrees Available

As a regionally accredited college of the State University of New York, SUNY Empire State College offers the following degrees in Historical Studies:

  • Associate in Arts
  • Associate in Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Combined B.A. or B.S. in Historical Studies/MAT in Adolescent Education

Taking individual courses as a nondegree student also is possible and will offer you the same range and depth of courses and rigorous standards as matriculated undergraduate students.

Popular Concentrations

  • American History
  • Asian-American History
  • History of Women in the U.S.
  • Military History
  • Modern Social and Economic History
  • History and Literature
  • Public History

You can focus on a single area such as American history, or create an interdisciplinary concentration that connects or combines perspectives exploring a theme or topic.

For detailed guidelines and sample degree programs visit the Historical Studies area of study web page.