Further your historical knowledge and improve your communication, writing and research skills in a vibrant and supportive environment. Participate in a variety of topical, methodological and research seminars, and create your own piece of historical scholarship to serve as the capstone to your studies.
A combination of an advanced degree and professional skills are critical for success in today’s competitive job market. The Department of History helps you enhance your education with high-impact experiential learning and extracurricular activities to develop the skills that employers demand. We introduce you to new professional networks in the areas that interest you the most.
Employers often cite the skills profile of applicants as the most important factor in their recruitment and job offer decisions.
Here is how we help you develop 10 critical skills for historians:
Gain hands-on experience enhancing a foundational skill of professional historians: original research. All graduate students are required to take one 600-level research seminar. For example:
Sources of research support include:
Organize your knowledge and interpretations into convincing arguments, and convey meaning through well-constructed text. From essays and research papers to memorandums and non-academic reports, practice conveying your message with clarity and ease.
Create your own piece of historical scholarship for your MA Project. As a capstone to your studies, you will produce a 30-40-page MA Project, a piece of original research conducted under the guidance of a faculty member. With approval from the advisor, it may be an extensive revision of a paper written for a research seminar.
Recent award-winning thesis projects and papers include:
Hear and respond to others constructively through active participation in intellectual discussions and debates with colleagues.
Examples of experiential learning opportunities to develop and practice oral communication skills include:
Learn the intricacies of teamwork and collaboration with classmates through shared learning experiences, group projects, research papers, academic competitions, in student organizations and in volunteer opportunities in the community.
Examples of collaborative experiences include:
Advance your ability to find, evaluate, produce and communicate information on and through various digital platforms. Gain knowledge and experience in data curation, a range of activities and processes done to create, manage, maintain, and validate data, and help to determine what information is worth saving and for how long. Develop your programming skills and understand how they can be applied to advance your career.
Work beyond subject matter expertise in order to be nimble and imaginative in projects and plans. The Department of History encourages you to build confidence and network with peers and scholars in your field through participation in on- and off-campus conferences and events.
Interact with academic and public history professionals through department sponsored events such as the Annual MA Colloquium 2018.
Take advantage of unlimited access to the University at Buffalo’s dedicated History Librarian, Dr. Michael Kicey. A skilled educator, researcher and librarian, Dr. Kicey earned a BA in German at Franklin & Marshall College, a PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan, and a MS in Library and Information Science at Syracuse University. He is an excellent on-campus resource and mentor.
Understand and communicate quantitative information in a compelling manner, demonstrating that numbers can tell a story the same way words, images and artifacts do.
Showcase your ability to engage in reflective and independent thinking. Design, manage and report on topics, highlighting your competence across several areas. For example:
MA student Jonathan Makeley, who serves as the town historian of Angelica, New York, noticed that the town had historical connections with a number of people who are on U.S. Currency. He decided to do research to see to find connections between Angelica and all of the people on U.S. Currency from the penny to the $100 bill. The result is an article in the Alleghany County Historical Society Recorder, “The Town of Angelica and the People on Our Money.”
Gain insight into the demands and expectations of employers including the ability to be dependable, punctual, dressing properly and displaying self-confidence through credit bearing and, in some cases, paid internships. Improve your skills through Master's projects and volunteer opportunities that involve working with professionals from community organizations and industry. Students displaying knowledge, professionalism and a solid work ethic are oftentimes offered full-time positions.
Western New York is home to over 100 art galleries and museums, and at least another 100 cultural organizations. If you can’t find an organization with which to intern, volunteer or participate, you’re just not trying! Below are just a few of the local organizations that provide opportunities for UB student interns and graduates:
Major Museums and Galleries
Expand your world view and prepare to work in our interconnected global systems. Experience a diverse learning environment, with students and faculty in the Department of History representing multiple continents and countries.
Conduct original research with global implications; for example:
Network with national and international scholars who frequently present guest lectures on campus and participate in conferences to expose students to a multitude of views; for example:
* Corporate Librarian
* Information Specialist
* Content Strategist
* Education Director
* Exhibition Coordinator
* History Teacher
* Museum Conservator
* Research Director
* Social Studies Teacher
* Campus Outreach Program Officer
Below are a few recent alumni who are making a difference in their profession and their communities. They're looking forward to helping you expand your professional network.