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HIST-BA - History


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Department(s) Sponsoring Program



Degree Designation

BA - Bachelor of Arts



NYSED Program Code

35590 - HIST-BA

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The History faculty seeks to impart knowledge of the societies and cultures of the past both to inform students and help them better understand present day events. The courses and programs of study are designed to develop an appreciation of the study of history as one of the major modes of humanity's search for knowledge of itself as well as a familiarity with the methods historians employ. The historian's investigative techniques sharpen students' capacity for logical and critical thought. Class discussion and writing assignments help them to attain clarity and facility in oral and literary expression. The History major prepares a student for a career in a number of diverse fields: as an archivist, business executive, diplomat, foreign service officer, professional historian, intelligence analyst, journalist, lawyer, management trainee, museum specialist, personnel worker, public relations officer, reference librarian, research assistant, teacher, travel guide, and writer. While some of these professional activities require further study in graduate school, others can be entered directly upon receipt of a bachelor's degree in history.

The History faculty strongly advises all History majors to take a broad range of courses in History and to attain competency in a foreign language at the 106 level, especially if graduate school is anticipated. History majors who plan to pursue graduate studies should be aware that the following are probable admission requirements they would encounter: at least 24 undergraduate credits in history, a reading knowledge of at least one foreign language, satisfactory Graduate Record Examination scores, and a bachelor's degree. Specific language requirements for the doctorate should be carefully checked prior to application to graduate schools. For further information on graduate studies in History, students are advised to consult the Faculty Advisor, Dr. Robert Parmet.