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CHAIR OF THE DEPARTMENT:
Professor Barbara Weinstein
DIRECTOR OF GRADUATE STUDIES:
Professor Kostis Smyrlis
Master of Arts Program in History
The Master's degree in history offers students graduate work that serves a variety of needs and purposes. A master's program can be an end in itself for students whose personal and/or professional goal is an M.A. degree. The M.A. can also be a preparatory graduate degree en route to the doctorate; however acceptance into the M.A. program does not constitute admission into the Ph.D. program in the Department of History. Students who decide they want to pursue a Ph.D. may later apply for admission to the doctoral program. The Department of History only offers admission to the terminal M.A. in History to students who intend to specialize in the History of Women and Gender. The specialization in History of Women and Gender encourages students to explore the social, cultural, and political meanings and uses of gender constructs and to challenge traditional narratives about men and women across history. Our specialization draws its strength from our faculty's commitment to investigating the history of women and gender, and from a long tradition of feminist scholarship.
Master of Arts Program in World History
The Department of History offers an M.A. program in World History that introduces students to the methods and approaches used by historians to study global and transnational phenomena. It also engages students in comparative and thematic work exploring the history of at least two world regions. Students must undertake study of two regions of the world, one of which will be designated the major field and one as the minor. The available regions are Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and North America. Students must elect at least one field outside of Europe and North America.
Master of Arts Program in Archives and Public History
The Department of History offers an M.A. Program in Archives and Public History. The Archives and Public History M.A. Program can be combined with an Advanced Certificate in Archival management or Public History. Archivists and public historians present and interpret history in a wide variety of dynamic venues, ranging from history museums to digital libraries. For three decades, NYU has prepared students for successful careers as archivists, manuscript curators, documentary editors, oral historians, cultural resource managers, historical interpreters, and new media specialists. The program emphasizes a solid grounding in historical scholarship, intense engagement with new media technologies, and close involvement with New York’s extraordinary archival and public history institutions. Students in the program elect to follow a concentration in either archival management or public history.
Dual Degree Master of Arts Program in History and Juris Doctor
This program allows accepted applicants to obtain an M.A. in History and a J.D. from the School of Law. Applicants apply to each degree program separately. Students may apply to the Department of History either concurrently with their application to NYU School of Law or during the first year of study at the law school. Admission to one degree program does not depend upon nor guarantee admission to the second degree program; all admissions decisions are made distinctly. The J.D.-M.A. program enables students to complete a J.D. and earn a master’s degree in four years. Under some circumstances, it may be possible to complete the program in seven semesters.
Doctor of Philosophy Program in History
The program for the Ph.D. degree provides a framework within which students can acquire the following training and experience: (1) broad exposure to a general area of interest and to its current literature and controversies; (2) more intense training in the special field in which the student intends to conduct research and do his or her primary teaching; (3) a sound but more limited introduction to a second field; (4) training in research procedures and methods; (5) appropriate linguistic competence; and (6) the completion of a dissertation judged to be a significant piece of historical research and writing.
Joint Degree Doctor of Philosophy in French Studies and History
The joint Ph.D. program in French Studies and History is designed for students interested in combining a multidisciplinary approach to the study of France and the Francophone world, with broad graduate training in European history. Students pursuing the degree may wish to prepare for careers of research and teaching in a history department and/or a French department, with a specialty in French culture and civilization.
Joint Degree Doctor of Philosophy Program in French Studies and History
A joint degree Ph.D. program is available with the Institute of French Studies. Admission to this joint degree program must be granted by both the Department of History and the Institute for French Studies upon entry or at the point of screening. For more information on and requirements for this degree, please see the Institute of French Studies section of this Bulletin.
Joint Degree Doctor of Philosophy Program in Hebrew and Judaic Studies and History
A joint degree Ph.D. program is available with the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies. Admission to this joint degree program must be granted by both the Department of History and the Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies upon entry or at the point of screening. For more informationon and requirements for this degree, please see the Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies section of this Bulletin.
Joint Degree Doctor of Philosophy Program in History and Middle Eastern Studies
A joint degree Ph.D. program is available with the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. Admission to this joint degree program must be granted by both the Department of History and the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies upon entry or at the point of screening. For more information on and requirements for this degree, please see the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies section of this Bulletin.
Dual Degree Doctor of Philosophy in History and Juris Doctor
This program allows accepted applicants to obtain a Ph.D. in history and a J.D. from the School of Law. Students must apply separately and be admitted to both programs, and they would normally apply concurrently. Students must complete all requirements for both degrees. By alternating enrollment in Graduate School of Arts and Science and the School of Law and by counting some courses toward both degrees, students are able to complete the two programs in seven or seven and a half years. Graduates of the dual degree program would be prepared to pursue careers in both history and law school faculties. NYU has a long tradition of excellence in legal history scholarship. Students can participate in the Legal History Colloquium, which convenes weekly and houses the Samuel I. Golieb Fellowship Program for postdoctoral studies in legal history. Dissertation projects can be advised by committees composed of historians based both at NYU Law School and in the Department of History. The Ph.D. requires 72 points of coursework, toward which 12 School of Law points will be accepted. Up to 12 points of Graduate School credit will also be counted toward the J.D. degree, which normally requires 83 points. The joint degree, therefore, requires a total of 131 points. Information on the requirements for the J.D. may be found in the School of Law bulletin.