The History Department has recently established a combined, 5-year BA/MA program in history.  This program will allow highly qualified and motivated undergraduates to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in 10 semesters.  Students admitted to the program will complete the same initial course of study (30 credits) required of students in the MA and Ph.D. programs.  The program will provide a challenging 5th year of study that will serve as  springboard for those considering applying for doctoral study in history at other institutions while providing professional training for those persons considering employment in fields that value the analytical, research, and writing skills that students acquire in the master’s program.

The program is highly selective, and successful applicants will normally have a 3.8 GPA or higher in their history courses and very strong faculty recommendations.

Interested students are encouraged to speak with the director of graduate studies as early as possible, but no later than the spring semester of the sophomore year.  Students must be admitted to the program no later than September 1 of their senior year, and persons interested in applying to the program should make every effort to complete the required HIS 301 and HIS 400 courses no later than their 7th semester.

Applications (including 2 letters of recommendation from Stony Brook faculty) should be submitted during the spring of the junior year, but no later than August 15.  Admission decisions will be made in the spring for applications submitted by March 1 and by the beginning of classes for applications submitted by August 15.  The GRE is not required.

Applications should be submitted to Graduate Coordinator Roxanne Fernandez.

Application form
Recommendation form

Other Information
Students admitted to the program are only required to complete 111 undergraduate credits, rather than the usual 120 credits, because 9 graduate credits will be counted toward the undergraduate degree.  However, only two of these courses may be counted towards the satisfaction of the requirements of the history major.

Students  take two graduate courses during the second semester of their senior year, and then complete the remaining graduate courses during their 5th year.  Performance in these courses will be reviewed at the end of the year, and permission to complete the remainder of the graduate program would be based on satisfactory performance in the two graduate courses.

Neither the BA nor the MA will be awarded until the requirements of both programs have been satisfied.   If you decide to leave the combined program, only 2 graduate courses can be counted toward the undergraduate degree.

Once students are classified as graduate students (normally semester 9), they will be subject to the rules of the Graduate School.   They will have to pay graduate tuition, and  eligibility for undergraduate financial aid and housing may be affected.  For more information on these matters, please contact the Graduate School or the responsible office.

Sample Course of Study

Semester 1
DEC A Writing I
DEC A Writing II
DEC B Humanities

Semester 2
HIS 101 or 102 (DEC  I-European Tradition)
HIS 213 – Colonial Latin America (DEC J–World Beyond Europe, outside primary)
DEC C Math
DEC D Fine Arts

Semester 3
DEC E Natural Sciences I
HIS 268 – American History 1919 to the Present (primary field)
DEC E Natural Sciences II
HIS 263 – Age of the American Revolution (primary field)
HIS 281 – World History & Geography (outside primary field)

Semester 4
HIS 346 – Political & Social History of Africa (outside primary field)
POL 325 – Civil Liberties & Civil Rights (Cognate field I)
DEC G – Humanities I
DEC G – Humanities II

Semester 5
HIS 333 – Women in US History (primary field)
POL 320 – Constitutional Law (Cognate field II)

Semester 6
HIS 377-K American Politics & Diplomacy since 1945 (DEC K–American Experience, primary field)
HIS 301
UD Elective
UD Elective

Semester 7
HIS 414 – Colloquium in US History
UD Elective
UD Elective

Semester 8
DEC H Science & Technology
HIS 521 – US History to Civil War (Field seminar)
HIS 522 – US History since Civil War (Field seminar)

Semester 9 (change to graduate status)
HIS 524 – Core Seminar
HIS 553 – Nation State and Civil Society (Theme seminar)
HIS 543 – Gender, Sexuality and Reproduction (Theme seminar)
HIS 585 – Workshop (Elective)

Semester 10
HIS 526 – Core Seminar
HIS 501 – Modern Europe (Elective)
HIS 586 – Workshop  (Elective)
HIS 584 – Directed reading for MA Candidates (Elective)

Oral examination in history
Language requirement (where required)