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The Department of History at the College of Staten Island is a community of professional historians committed to excellence in teaching and research. The primary teaching mission of the department is the undergraduate major; secondly, the department is committed to the general education of the College’s undergraduates; and finally, it offers the master’s degree. Our faculty of specialists train students in specific skills related to our discipline and provide geographic, thematic, and chronological coverage of the past from a global perspective. Our mission to the major reinforces general education objectives of critical thinking, reading, writing, and communication skills.

Our master’s program trains graduate students in advanced historical methods of research and analysis and provides in-depth seminars that reflect diverse specialties in the department. Our faculty take seriously our responsibility to mentor students. As a community of scholars committed to free inquiry and critical thinking, we aim to help students gain a sophisticated knowledge of history and the professional skills of historians. We foster the professional development of our faculty by supporting their research, publication, involvement in professional associations, and participation in the programs of the CUNY Graduate Center.

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