Department of History

The study of history is a fascinating journey into the enormous variety of human experiences. In a world becoming ever more complex, we help students understand their place in contemporary society by exploring how the individuals, ideas and social conflicts in the past created historical change. Our faculty of accomplished historians will introduce you to the histories of America, Europe, and Latin America. We also offer thematic courses on historical subjects that transcend geographic and chronological boundaries, including: the history of science and medicine, ethnicity and migrations, cultural history, religious history, urban history, and the history of women, the family and sexuality. In all of our courses we emphasize the importance of asking questions, analyzing evidence and evaluating conflicting interpretations. As a history student, you will develop skills in reading, research writing, and communication that will equip you to succeed in all professional careers and to engage the world in meaningful ways.

The Department of History has a chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor history society, and annually awards prizes for majors who have excelled in history courses and for the student who has produced the best senior essay.

Undergraduate Program Dual Program Graduate Program
B.A. in History B.A. in History/M.S. in Adolescences Education - Social Studies M.A. in History


B.A. in History

History majors receive a broad education in historical knowledge and develop critical skills in research, analysis and writing. Students of history learn to interpret a rich variety of sources and to develop a deep understanding of change and continuity with the past. Studying history means becoming actively engaged in the on-going process of questioning older historical assumptions and shaping new interpretations.

The Bachelor of Arts in History covers the foundations of Western, World, and American civilizations. As part of the program, majors take a seminar in their sophomore year that provides training in the analysis of historical documents. In the fall semester of their senior year, they take the “capstone” course in which they hone their research skills and produce a well-argued historical essay.

The B.A. in History provides excellent preparation for careers in many fields, including education, museums, government, politics, and business. History is often chosen as a major by students who plan to enter a profession such as law, business administration, librarianship, journalism or public policy. Graduate programs in these fields give preference to students who have acquired an informed perspective on human problems and who have developed skills in the analysis and communication of complex ideas. A history major is the best preparation for studying history at the graduate level.

Check out the LIU Post Undergraduate Bulletin to learn about degree requirements, course descriptions, and more.

B.A. in History/M.S. in Adolescence Education: Social Studies (Pedagogy Only)

 This program leads to the Bachelor of Arts in History and the M.S. in Adolescence Education: Social Studies in only five years, a full year less than if the two degrees were pursued separately. Graduates of the accelerated B.A./M.S. program will be qualified for New York State certification as social studies teachers in public and private high schools. Required credits for this accelerated degree program range from 147 to 150.

The accelerated degree is a joint program between LIU Post’s College of Education, Information and Technology and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The teacher-education programs in LIU Post's Department of Curriculum and Instruction are nationally accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), ensuring you receive the highest quality instruction.

The Bachelor of Arts in History program covers the foundations of Western and American civilization, from the ancient world to contemporary America. As part of the program, history majors take a seminar in their sophomore year that provides training in the analysis of historical documents. In the fall semester of the senior year, majors take the “capstone” course in which they hone their research skills and produce a well-argued historical essay.

The Master of Science in Adolescence Education (Grades 7-12): Social Studies program combines a comprehensive curriculum in educational theory and practice with a concentration in history that examines global history from the antiquity to the present. Along with acquiring communication skills and mastering a variety of pedagogical approaches, you will also study ways in which different generations of historians have made sense of the past, the range of subjects they chose to study, and the diverse approaches that characterize political history, social history, women’s history, and cultural studies, among others. To expand your historical knowledge you will have an opportunity to choose from a broad array of electives including: "Ancient Historians," "Birth of the American Republic," "Race, Class, and Ethnicity in American History," "Disease and History," "European Women's History," and "Modern Latin America." The program includes supervised practice teaching in actual classrooms at two grade levels (7 to 9 and 10 to 12), allowing you to observe certified teachers and interact with the teenage student population.

The combined B.A. and M.S. degree program requires the completion of 147 to 150 credits, depending on the culminating experience you choose (i.e., comprehensive exam, final project or thesis). After you complete the degree requirements set by LIU Post; satisfy the New York State Teaching Certification Requirements; and successfully pass all licensure tests (LAST, ATS-W and CSTs), you will be awarded Initial Teaching Certification by the New York State Department of Education to teach social studies to grades 7 to 12. After completion of three years of professional teaching experience, you will be eligible for Professional Teaching Certification without taking additional coursework.

M.A. in History

The 30-credit Master of Arts in History is designed for educators, or those considering entering the field of teaching, those in the fields of law, journalism, business, and government seeking to deepen their knowledge of history. It also provides a springboard for those who plan to enter doctoral history programs. Graduates of the Master’s program are ideal candidates for positions as researchers, journalists, museum curators and public service professionals.

The Master’s program places emphasis on acquiring proficiency in a wide range of historical scholarship, developing analytical and research skills, and producing well-argued written and oral presentations. Faculty members in the Department of History have broad teaching and research interests, with particular strengths in American, European, Latin American and East Asian history. Courses are scheduled in the late afternoon or evening to accommodate those who are employed full- or part-time.

Check out the LIU Post Graduate Bulletin to learn about degree requirements, course descriptions, and more.

Exploring the Past, Building the Future

History teachers lay the foundation for the next generation to understand and appreciate mankind’s journey and their place in the world. Get started shaping young minds faster with our five-year accelerated Bachelor of Arts in History with a Master of Science degree in Adolescence Education.

Enhance Your Degree

The ability to contemplate current issues with the perspective of the past is a valuable commodity in a rapidly evolving world. History is a field of study that is well suited to a dual-major with English, anthropology/sociology, political science/international relations, economics, and other business and social science programs or to enhance any academic major as a minor concentration.


College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Nathaniel Bowditch, Dean

Joan Ruckel
Executive Assistant to the Dean