History & Culture.
History and Culture aims to prepare the next generation of historians for careers inside and outside of academia. The program’s curriculum balances rigorous, traditional academic training with internships and experience in the public and private sectors throughout the greater New York City area. History faculty mentor their advisees through advanced historical research that prepares students to publish for and communicate with all audiences—academic and the general public. Program offerings specialize in 19th and 20th century American and European history.
Master of Arts in History and Culture (27 credits) consists of 9 courses including the Foundation Seminar and final Research Tutorial. In lieu of a traditional master’s thesis, students complete a publishable research paper. The master’s degree is designed to be completed in as little as three semesters.
Doctor of Philosophy in History and Culture (45 credits) consists of 12 courses (36 credits), a student portfolio and a dissertation. PhD students will receive an MA when they satisfactorily complete the Research Tutorial and 8 other courses. The doctoral degree is designed to be completed in as little as 4 years.
In addition to those above, all PhD students must take HC 806: Writing as a Public Intellectual.
This writing workshop introduces advanced PhD students to the practice of writing for the larger public, that is, for intellectually and culturally engaged readers of non-academic print and online media. The goal of the workshop is for each student to learn how to modulate the discursive practices of academic writing into the substantial but accessible writing of a genuinely public intellectual.
PhD students specializing in Continental Europe must pass an examination in one foreign language. Normally the language will be French, German or Spanish. Another language may be substituted if it is deemed useful to the student’s research. Foreign language examinations are not required for MA students or for PhD students specializing in the United States, Britain or Ireland.
Each PhD student must, in the third academic year, demonstrate his/her preparation as a teacher and scholar by satisfactorily completing a portfolio which will consist of the following:
In each of the capstone essays, the student will master, summarize and criticize a body of historical literature. The essays should address the following three fields:
Field 1: Intellectual and cultural history.
Field 2: A specialized field in history other than intellectual/cultural history. Examples include political history, diplomatic history, disability history, social history or any other subfield supported by the teaching and research expertise of the History and Culture faculty.
Field 3: An interdisciplinary field that explores the intersections between history and another discipline, such as literary studies, classics, anthropology, political science, sociology, art history or economics.
Start Terms: Fall
Deadline: February 1
Extended MA: August 21
- For master's program, bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
- For doctoral program, master's degree from an accredited institution
- Completed application form
- Official transcripts from all higher education institutions
- GRE scores
- Personal statement
- Academic writing sample
- Two letters of recommendation
- $35 Application Fee
International applicants need to meet additional criteria. See our international admissions page for more information