Majoring in history will enable you to study the past while preparing for the future. History, which illuminates both the diversity and commonality of human experience over time and places, is essential to understanding the forces that have produced our world and that continue to shape its development. Our faculty and advisors will work closely with you to tailor your education to your interests and goals so that you can both take full advantage of the History Department’s rich and extensive course offerings and succeed academically within your degree program. In the process of studying history, you will acquire valuable skills that will prepare you for a variety of careers.
Students who elect to minor in history take 15-18 hours in history courses. The extensive range of elective courses offered by the department enables each student to develop a plan of study that reflects personal interests and goals. Each student will be assigned a departmental faculty advisor, as needed.
The master of arts in history provides students with the opportunity to explore a wide range of historical fields and methodologies. After fulfilling the requirements in the major geographical areas of historical study, students may concentrate in more specific regional and chronological fields. Given Salem’s prominent role in English settlement and colonization, the China Trade, and industrialization, as well as the ongoing legacy of the Witch Trials of 1692, our region provides abundant resources to support research in every period of the American past.
The master of arts in teaching history is designed for liberal arts graduates who wish to begin preparation for teaching history at the secondary level or practicing teachers who desire to expand their understanding of the educational process while increasing their formal education in history.
Taking history out of the classroom and into public discourse, the graduate certificate in public history teaches students how to be collaborative practicing researchers, interpreters of historical sites, and presenters of a living history. Students will have the opportunity to develop skill sets in the following areas: collecting and curating materials; creating and interpreting cultural heritage sites, events, and memorials; and contributing historical evidence to the design and production of cultural exhibits. Learn more.
Grounded in a deep commitment to cutting-edge research and pedagogy of human rights, the graduate certificate in holocaust and genocide Studies offers students with a unique opportunity to explore graduate level scholarship in the growing field of Holocaust and comparative genocide studies. This program encompasses multiple learning opportunities including intensive seminars with leading scholars in the field, community-based work with survivors and refugees in the US and abroad, international study and travel institutes, and research and internship opportunities through affiliation with the Salem State Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.