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Graduate Programs

The Department of History offers a full range of courses and programs in the fields of European and American history and also has particular strength in Ottoman and Middle Eastern history as well as East Asian History. It offers exceptionally strong training in the fields of gender and women's history and in the history of science, technology, and medicine. While concentrating on the history of one nation or geographic area, students are encouraged to develop a comparative or global perspective in their work.


The department cooperates closely with a host of interdisciplinary programs and departments to offer students additional instruction in comparative and world history perspectives. These include the Fernand Braudel Center for the Study of Economies, Historical Systems and Civilizations, the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the Center for the Historical Study of Women and Gender, the Asian and Asian American Studies Department, the Middle East and North Africa Studies Program, the Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies Program, the Women's Studies Program, the Judaic Studies Department and the Africana Studies Department.

Doctoral candidates take a comprehensive examination covering one major and two minor fields or one minor and two majors fields. The M.A. degree may be earned in any of the major or regional minor fields listed below.

Major Fields

United States Middle East and Ottoman
Medieval Europe East Asia
Early Modern Europe Science, Technology, and Medicine
Modern Europe Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Latin America Global
Imperialism and Colonialism  

Minor Fields

African Diaspora Race and Ethnicity
Environmental Studies Russia
Human Rights & International Law South Asia
Jewish Studies Violence

How to Apply:

The Graduate School of Binghamton University centralizes the admissions process and collects all applications and materials. Prospective students can request to be added to the Graduate School's email/mail list (to which departments have access) by completing the "Prospect Information Form".

Applicants should see complete application procedures and the online application, at The Graduate School. Prospective students are encouraged to contact The Graduate School (607-777-2151; with any questions they have during the application process.

Additional Application Requirements

Applicants must submit college transcripts, GRE scores, an example of their written work (e.g., a paper submitted in an advanced undergraduate or graduate course), letters of recommendation, and a 2-3 page statement of personal interest. The statement of interest is your opportunity to introduce yourself to professors in the Department of History and to explain to them why you wish to study history under their guidance. They will read these statements carefully and will pay particular attention to how well they are written. That every applicant has a "passion" for studying some aspect of history is assumed. Therefore, the best statements of interest focus on answering the following questions. What goals do you hope to achieve by receiving graduate education in history? What sub-field of history or approach to studying the past most interests you and why? Which historians in our department appear best suited to guide you? The best letters of intent also explain any unusual aspects of your candidacy and any personal attributes or experiences that make you an especially interesting applicant.

A fuller description of what makes a good personal statement can be found at:

Those considering applying to graduate programs in history would do well to consult an article called "Navigating the Graduate Admissions Process," originally appearing in Perspectives on History, published by the American Historical Association and available online at:

Application Deadlines:

The application deadline for fall admission with funding is January 15 (April 15 without funding). For spring semester admission, the deadline is November 1.

Financial Aid

Teaching assistantships include tuition waivers, stipends just under $15,000 a year, and excellent medical insurance. Clifford Clark Underrepresented Minority Fellowships are also available. Doctoral students customarily receive four to five years of support, which may include dissertation fellowship support. In addition, a number of Centers associated with the department offer assistantships that entail work on externally-funded projects. Residents of New York who are also admitted without an assistantship or fellowship may apply for the Tuition Assistance Program and frequently obtain on-campus employment.

Fall 2014 office hours:

Director of Graduate Studies Professor Diane Miller Sommerville
Office Hours:  Mondays, 2:15pm-4:15pm, Tuesdays, 2pm-4pm, and by appointment.

All office hours will be held in LT 708 unless otherwise indicated.


For More Information:

Please contact the Graduate Secretary, Chris Swartz, at (607) 777-2241 or by e-mail at .

Additionally, you can check the Binghamton University Course Bulletin for complete and detailed information on all courses and programs.

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Last Updated: 9/8/14