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.