Department Information

Chair:
Randi Storch, Department Chair
Old Main, Room 212-B
Phone: 607-753-2723
Fax: 607-753-5598
Email:
Randi.storch@cortland.edu
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Graduate Programs

Note: Only candidates who have the initial New York State certification are eligible to apply to the M.S. Ed program.

Adolescence Education: Social Studies (7-12) [SSA] M.S.Ed. - History Concentration (Graduate)

History Department
Randi Storch, chair
Old Main, Room 222
607-753-2723
Fax: 607-753-5598

Overview

Why do humans create and destroy" What can we learn from the remnants of past civilizations" How does information in the historical record help us create a better and brighter future" Explore these questions and more as you engage your love of history and pursue the M.S.Ed. in adolescence education: social studies (7-12) - history concentration at SUNY Cortland.

Program Highlights

Expand your skills in historical reading and writing as you enjoy interacting with our outstanding faculty, who bring their excitement for history’s reach into enthusiastic exchanges in small classes. You’ll also benefit from interactions with your professional peers, most of whom already are teaching and can share their real-world classroom experiences.

Gain additional perspective from the guidance of our dedicated faculty mentors while conducting personally motivated research. Topics may range from women on the Oregon Trail or African Americans in the Civil War to issues in European or non-Western history such as the Holocaust and Latin American revolutionary movements. Internships may involve helping collectors with cataloging or projects at local historical societies and museums.

Take advantage of our flexible scheduling, with classes beginning at 4:20 p.m. to accommodate your current employment situation.

Culminating Experience

You’ll also write a master’s thesis or sit for a comprehensive written examination based on course work and mastery of the content and historical literature in your concentration or a combination of your concentration and a secondary field.

Career Potential

When you complete the M.S.Ed. in adolescence education: social studies (7-12) - history concentration at SUNY Cortland, you will achieve the terminal master’s degree required for permanent certification to teach adolescence social studies and history in the public schools of New York state. You may also choose to continue on to a Ph.D. program, and you’ll be well prepared for a career in a wide range of fields, including museums, archives, social work, library science, urban planning, public history, geography, political science, business, law or state and federal civil service.

Graduate Admissions

 Evaluation Policy

At the State University of New York College at Cortland, we seek a diverse and academically strong student body. Our admission policy and practice will not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin or marital status.

Required Materials

  1. Completed online Graduate School Application - Apply Now
  2. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended to be forwarded directly to SUNY Cortland Graduate Admissions Office
    Note: candidates for admission must present evidence of bachelor's degree conferral prior to the start of their academic program.
  3. A resume, submitted online with the application
  4. A statement of educational and professional goals, submitted online with the application
  5. Two letters of recommendation with at least one from an instructor in your undergraduate social science major or concentration, submitted online with the application
  6. Documentation of an initial/provisional certificate, or a certificate of qualification for initial or provisional certification, in adolescence/secondary or elementary social studies issued by the New York State Education Department

Admissions Criteria

Minimum admissions criteria include:

  1. A minimum of 18 credit hours in history or geography and a minimum of 21 credit hours combined in history and geography.
    For candidates with exceptional circumstances, this requirement may be modified. Please contact the department's graduate coordinator.
  2. Evidence of satisfactory completion of the three-credit-hour Fall 2011 New York state requirement of a course on the subject of teaching students with disabilities
    This requirement may be met concurrently with graduate study.

Preference will be given to candidates with the following:

  1. An overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale
  2. An overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 or above in social science major

Deadlines

Fall semester applications: July 1
Spring semester applications: Dec. 1
Summer semester applications: April 1

Applications submitted after the deadline may be considered on a space availability basis.
Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 607-753-4800 to check availability.

Program Details for Adolescence Education: Social Studies (7-12) [SSA] M.S.Ed. - History Concentration

History [HIS] M.A. (Graduate)

History Department
Randi Storch, chair
Old Main, Room 212
607-753-2723
Fax: 607-753-5598

Overview

War, weddings, weather — incredibly diverse and often surprising phenomena create curious trails that glimmer from the past through the present and into the future.

As an historian, you delight in teasing out fascinating relationships among the mysteries and puzzles within everyday events by examining causes, consequences, human motives and why things happened. You can expand your understanding of historical basics and their effect on our world by studying for the Master of Arts (M.A.) in history at SUNY Cortland.

Program Highlights

You will enjoy our professional faculty who bring their excitement for history’s reach into enthusiastic exchanges in small classes with you and your peers. You will expand your historical reading and writing skills and benefit from the guidance of these dedicated mentors while conducting research that personally interests you. 

Research topics may range from African Americans in the Civil War or the Civil War prison at Elmira (N.Y.) to European or non-Western subjects, such as Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, the French Revolution, Latin American revolutionary movements or issues in modern China. Historical societies and museums in the area welcome you for internships, or you may help local collectors catalog their finds.

Culminating Experience

You will also write a master’s thesis or sit for a comprehensive written examination based on course work and mastery of the content and historical literature in your area of concentration, or a combination of your area of concentration and a secondary field.

Career Potential

When you complete the M.A. in history from SUNY Cortland, you are well prepared for a career in a wide range of fields, including museums, archives, social work, library science, public history, business, law, or state and federal civil service. You will also gain a solid foundation to pursue a Ph.D., and you will qualify for the terminal master’s degree. 

With additional on-the-job teacher supervision, a master’s degree in history will prepare you for permanent certification to teach social studies in the public schools of New York state.

Graduate Admissions

Evaluation Policy

At the State University of New York College at Cortland, we seek a diverse and academically strong student body. Our admission policy and practice will not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin or marital status.

Required Materials

  1. Completed online Graduate School Application — Apply Now
  2. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended to be forwarded directly to SUNY Cortland Graduate Admissions Office
    Note: candidates for admission must present evidence of bachelor's degree conferral prior to the start of their academic program.
  3. A resume, submitted online with the application
  4. A statement of educational and professional goals, submitted online with the application
  5. Two letters of recommendation with at least one from a history professor, submitted online with the application

Admissions Criteria

Minimum admissions criteria include 24 credit hours of approved undergraduate history courses.
For candidates with exceptional circumstances, this requirement may be modified. Please contact the department's graduate coordinator.

 Preference will be given to candidates with the following:

  1. An overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 and above on a 4.0 scale
  2. An overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 and above in history courses
  3. Intermediate competency in a foreign language, usually through the 201 level or the third semester of foreign language study.
    This requirement may be met concurrently with graduate study.
  4. If your undergraduate history or overall grade point average is below 3.0, you are required to submit satisfactory GRE scores with a ranking in the top 50 percentile.

Deadlines

Fall semester applications: July 1
Spring semester applications: Dec. 1
Summer semester applications: April 1

Applications submitted after the deadline may be considered on a space availability basis.
Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 607-753-4800 to check availability.

Program Details for History [HIS] M.A.