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
  • museums or libraries
  • graduate school
  • public history
  • law.

Degrees Available

As a regionally accredited college of the State University of New York, Empire State College offers the following degrees in historical studies:

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

Taking individual courses as a nondegree student is also 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.

Take the Next Step

Ready to advance your education and career? There’s no time like the present. Apply now, or learn more about SUNY Empire at one of our information sessions.