College of Staten Island

Graduate Catalog 2017-2018

Master of Arts in History (MA)

Program Coordinator: Assistant Professor John Dixon

Marchi Hall (2N), Room 201



Telephone: 718.982.3307

The MA in History Program at the College of Staten Island provides abundant opportunities for personal growth and career development. Students enroll in the program for many reasons. Some simply want to satisfy their curiosity about the past. Others seek to enhance their analytical and communication skills, pursue careers at cultural institutions, improve their qualifications as teachers in the social sciences, or prepare themselves for doctoral study. Whatever their motives, students who complete the program acquire in-depth knowledge about a wide variety of historical regions and periods. They also learn how to recognize and answer historical questions, how to apply the methods and theories of historians to critical human events, and how to research and articulate an interpretive argument at the graduate level.

The program meets the highest intellectual and professional standards of the historical discipline. It provides graduate students with a broad understanding of global history and detailed knowledge about specialized topics. The 32-credit curriculum demands course work distributed across four of the department’s five fields of concentration: History of Africa and the Middle East; History of Asia; History of Europe; History of Latin America and the Caribbean; and History of the United States. Students ultimately graduate from the program by completing a significant work of historical scholarship in one of two equally rigorous and demanding ways—either by researching and writing a master’s thesis under the supervision of a thesis director or by presenting a portfolio of new research before a faculty committee.

History Admission Requirements

For matriculated status:

  1. Satisfactory completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college and a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0. Students not meeting this requirement may be evaluated after an interview with the program coordinator and the admissions committee.
  2. A superior record of accomplishment in undergraduate history courses, with at least a 3.0 average in these courses. Students not meeting this requirement may be evaluated after an interview with the program coordinator and the admissions committee.
  3. Two letters of recommendation from professors under whom the applicant has studied or other persons who can comment directly on the applicant's potential as a graduate student and scholar.
  4. Each applicant will provide a letter or statement not to exceed one typed page explaining why he or she is interested in pursuing graduate studies in history.
  5. Each applicant will submit a research-based writing sample 10 pages in length, preferably written for a History course.
  6. Students may enter the program in either the fall or spring semester, but are required to take HST 701 at their first opportunity.

In certain cases, exceptions to admission requirements (such as the minimum GPA) can be granted by the History Department MA Committee

For non-matriculated status:

Non-matriculated graduate students and graduate students in the Education program or other graduate programs, at the discretion of the MA in History program coordinator, may enroll in the program’s offerings on a space-available basis after matriculated History MA program students have been accommodated.

In special cases, master’s students may take an advanced undergraduate history course or a 600-level history course, with appropriate additional work, for degree credit, but only by special arrangement and with the prior permission of the program coordinator. Undergraduate students may, with the permission of the program coordinator, take graduate courses for credit toward their undergraduate degree or the master’s degree.

Probationary Admission to Program

In some cases (such as when a Probationary a student applies after the application closing date, with a lower-than-expected GPA, an undergraduate major other than History, or other issues), the MA committee may admit students to the program on a probationary basis. In these cases, the standing of the student will be re-evaluated by the committee at the end of the student's first semester in the program, at which point the probation may be lifted or the student will be informed that he or she may not continue in the program.

History Retention Requirements

Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 to be retained in a graduate program. MA students will be able, but not required, to complete their MA degree in four semesters. Public History students will be able, but not required, to complete their Advanced Certificate degree within three semesters. It is normal that some students, particularly those who continue to work full-time, take longer to attain their decrees. However, all students are required to complete their credits for the MA degree and/or the Advanced Public History Certificate within five years. Extensions beyond five years can only be granted with the written permission of the Program Coordinator and at the discretion of the Program Coordinator.

History Degree Requirements

The MA in History requires 32 graduate credits at the 700-level, with all graduate courses designated at four credits, for a total of eight courses. Students must take at least one course in each of four of the program’s five areas of concentration, the Historical Methods course (HST 701), and either the two thesis seminars (HST 798 and HST 799) or the Preparation of MA Portfolio seminar (HST 796).

Areas of concentration

History of Africa and the Middle East

History of Asia

History of Europe

History of Latin America and the Caribbean

History of the United States

Thesis and Portfolio Options

Two equally rigorous and demanding options are available to complete the MA Degree. Students who choose to complete the thesis option will take the four-credit HST 798 Preparation of Thesis Proposal Seminar in their third semester with an additional four-credit HST 799 Thesis Tutorial Seminar during the following semester. The thesis option is highly recommended for students intending to enter a PhD program in History after completing their MA degree.

In the preparation of a proposal seminar, thesis students will develop their topic, begin research, collect bibliography, and receive instruction in research methodology and historical writing. Students will write a historiographical essay, reviewing the broader historical literature of their subject and relating their own approach to the field. Students will work with a thesis director in their field from the department faculty.

The thesis director will continue to supervise the thesis student during the semester in the tutorial seminar. The thesis will be accepted in partial completion of the degree when it is approved by the thesis director, and the second and third readers, and is deposited in the department’s archives.

The Faculty of the Department of History has established the following standards for an acceptable History MA thesis:

  • An acceptable History MA thesis must be based on extensive research in primary sources. The thesis cannot be synthetic work based on the student's own interpretation of secondary sources and the writings of other historians.
  • An acceptable History MA thesis must provide the historiographical context for the topic. The introduction to the thesis will provide a thorough literature review that illustrates student mastery of, and the study's situation within, the scholarship available on the thesis topic. Establishing the historiographical context for the thesis topic will be one of the main objectives of HST 798 in the preparation of the thesis proposal.
  • An acceptable History MA thesis must advance an original argument. This does not mean that the student will be the first or only person ever to address the topic, but it does mean that the student must bring a new perspective to the study that has not been provided by a scholar before.

(Thesis students should consult the statement of guidelines for thesis submission to the CSI Library, maintained by the MA in History program).

Students who choose to complete the Portfolio Option instead of the Thesis Option will take a 4-credit directed study course (HST 796, MA Portfolio Preparation Seminar) in their final semester of study to prepare a portfolio of their MA coursework for a defense before a faculty committee. This portfolio will consist of a minimum of one research paper of 20-30 pages (revised since initial submission for final grade in a completed MA course) and one other piece (possibly but not limited to a second research paper, a historiographical essay, an exhibition in a historical museum, or another appropriate work in public history pre-approved by the Coordinator of the MA in History). The student will consult with a faculty advisor on their portfolio two semesters prior to their expected date of graduation. A committee composed of a minimum of 2 faculty members will examine the MA candidate. The portfolio must be submitted 4 weeks before the date of the oral defense, which must take place no later than the last day of the exam period of either the Fall or Spring semester.

The Faculty of the Department of History has established the following standards for the MA Portfolio:

  • Required Research Paper: The research paper will demonstrate the student’s ability to make a clear argument, and to document the argument using primary sources. The research paper, revised since initial submission for final grade in an MA course, should be of 20–30 pages in length. The revised version of the paper must include an expanded historiographical section, additional research, and appropriate primary sources.
  • Historiographical Review: The historiographical review will demonstrate the ability to make an argument about a historiographical field based on a broad familiarity with the historical literature. Revision of a previously submitted review must demonstrate a greater range of historiography. The historiographical review should be no less than 20 pages.
  • Public History Presentation: The public history presentation will demonstrate the ability to successfully present historical research in a public history format, as approved by the faculty advisor and MA Coordinator. For example, students who undertake a public history project as part of their Portfolio will give a presentation of no more than 20 minutes, followed by questions. Prior to the presentation, the student will submit a catalog or documentation and accompanying essay of 10–12 pages describing the exhibition, explaining, e.g., the selection of object and images, the use of labels and text, and demonstrating the significance of the exhibition. If the Portfolio presentation is to be a revised version of a previously submitted exhibition or presentation, the revised presentation must incorporate new visual or textual material and/or scholarly interpretation. The presentation images and slides will be printed to become part of the student’s portfolio.

BA/MA Fast-Track in History

The College of Staten Island offers an accelerated BA/MA History program that allows undergraduate History majors to earn their BA and MA degrees in five years (rather than the usual six years) and at a reduced tuition cost. This fast-track program can be extended to include the Advanced Certificate in Public History, enabling students to obtain the BA, MA, and Advanced Certificate in Public History together.

The BA/MA program curriculum is composed of the common core for the BA degree, the History BA curriculum, and 32 credits of graduate coursework in the MA program for a total of 136 credits. Students who opt to pursue the Advanced Certificate in Public History alongside the BA and MA degrees need to complete an additional 4 credits of graduate coursework (or 140 credits in total).

Students accepted into the fast-track program take four 4-credit graduate History courses at the 700 level during their final year of undergraduate work. The 16 credits earned from these four courses count toward both the undergraduate History major and the History MA degree. Students receive their History BA and History MA degrees simultaneously after completing all of the required credits for both degrees.

Undergraduate History majors at CSI can apply to the BA/MA History program if they have maintained an overall GPA of 3.0 as well as a GPA of 3.5 in the History major through the first three years of study.

BA/MA Fast-Track in History Admission Requirements

  1. Current enrollment in BA degree in History at CSI and successful completion of three years of study.
  2. Cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 overall, and grade point average of at least 3.5 overall in the History major through the first three years of study.
  3. One letter of recommendation from a fulltime CSI History professor under whom the applicant has studied.
  4. A cover letter not to exceed one typed page explaining why the applicant is interested in pursuing graduate studies in history.
  5. A writing sample of approximately 10 pages in length written for a CSI History course.

History Probation and Dismissal

Probation and Dismissal

Students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 to be retained in a graduate program at the College of Staten Island. When in the opinion of the History MA Committee a student fails to maintain an adequate GPA, violates the ethical standards of the historical profession by engaging in acts of academic dishonesty or other means, otherwise fails to perform to academic or professional expectations, or behaves in a manner that is manifestly disrespectful of other students, staff, faculty, or the general public, then the MA Committee may elect to place that student on probation or to dismiss that student immediately from the MA Program and/or the Advanced Certificate in Public History Program.

If a student is placed on probation, the probationary period will last for at least one semester. During that time, the MA Committee will determine whether the student has made satisfactory progress toward correcting the situation which has resulted in the probationary status. If the Committee determines that such progress exists, it may lift the probation and may also impose specific ongoing conditions on the academic and professional performance of the student. If the Committee determines that a student has not made adequate progress, it will terminate the student from the MA Program and/or the Advanced Certificate in Public History Program.

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