Considering a career in education, law, business or library science? Planning to pursue a doctorate? There’s one degree that can prepare you for any of the above — and many other careers, too: history. Our program offers four concentrations (U.S., European, Global or Catholic history), allowing students to follow their individual interests. Students work alongside professors to conduct original historical research and engage in significant historical debates and fields of study. This four-semester program is designed for completion in two years, but part-time study is also available.
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"I enjoyed my time in the master's degree in history program at Seton Hall. With small classes and professors who are experts in their fields, it was perfect for me as a teacher and a great preparation for the doctoral work I'm now pursuing."Bryan Toth ’06/M.A. ’13
With four concentration options, you can focus on whichever areas of history interest you most: U.S., European, Global or Catholic. All students complete a course called The Historian’s Craft, which introduces the art of historical thinking, research and writing. From there, you can choose from specific concentration courses (with titles like Dante and His World, Medieval Italy, History of Modern Japan and even New Jersey History) and electives. A thesis is optional, but strongly encouraged for those pursuing doctoral studies.
The Department of History is officially recognized by Seton Hall as a Center of Excellence, and this designation is largely due to the research efforts and national reputation of its faculty. In one recent representative year, the department collectively published two book chapters, eight peer-reviewed articles, eight book reviews and presented 29 conference papers while serving on a plethora of panels as discussants and chairs. The research interests of the faculty cover a broad range of historical topics, including, among many others, Ottoman historiography, the Enlightenment, and United States, Latin American, and Caribbean history during the Great Depression and Cold War.
The College of Arts and Sciences is dedicated to providing graduate programs to educate the professionals, scientists, educators and leaders of the future. Our goal is to impart the skills and knowledge that graduate students need to develop and follow successful career paths and to prepare them to contribute meaningfully to society through service and/or the advancement of knowledge. We believe that an education grounded in the principles of liberal arts and dedicated to societal advancement through research and interdisciplinary studies is the best instrument for producing well-rounded citizens with intentions that are both personally fulfilling and noble.