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Experience History at UNC

Advance your teaching career, prepare for diverse careers in fields such as law, library science or museum work, or build a foundation for further graduate study. UNC’s master’s program in History emphasizes research techniques, analysis of historical data and expository writing skills, with diverse opportunities for experiential learning. You’ll work closely with top faculty who have won international and national teaching awards, in addition to UNC’s Distinguished Scholars, Advisor of the Year and Teaching Excellence awards. Our History M.A. students have also consistently been recognized by the Dean’s Citation for Academic Excellence. The master’s degree program in History is offered at our main campus in Greeley, Colorado, and can be completed in two years.

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Your Future in History

In UNC’s graduate History program, you’ll find a collaborative learning environment led by faculty who are both accomplished researchers and dedicated educators. You’ll work in small classes that offer a high level of mentorship and camaraderie. At the same time, you’ll be able to design a program of study and research that aligns with your specific career and educational goals.

Consider UNC's M.A. in History if you want to:

  • Analyze historical events and explore the causes of social change
  • Gain advanced research skills
  • Pursue graduate work or teach history at the secondary level

You’ll learn:

  • How to apply advanced research techniques to the study of historical events
  • How to analyze historical data and organize complex information to write engaging papers
  • How to use knowledge of past events to establish a foundation for other areas of study

Sample courses:

  • Gender in American History
  • Race and Conquest in Latin American History
  • Modern African History
  • Seminar in Chinese History
  • The Cold War
  • The U.S. West
  • Law and Violence in Medieval Europe
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Nicholas Syrett, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History and Department Chair

Nicholas Syrett, Ph.D., is an award-winning author and educator whose research interests include the history of gender, sexuality and childhood in the United States during the 19th and 20th centuries. He is the author of The Company He Keeps: A History of White College Fraternities (2009), American Child Bride: A History of Minors and Marriage in the United States (2016), and co-editor of Age in America: The Colonial Era to the Present (2015). He has been interviewed about his research by national news programs and periodicals including Morning Edition (NPR)NewsweekBloomberg News, and The Atlantic, and has published pieces in the New York TimesThe Daily Beast, and CNN.com. In 2010-2011 he was given the first annual Diversity in the Classroom award by UNC’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Outstanding Supportive Faculty Member Award by UNC’s GLBTA Resource Center. He was named the College Scholar for Humanities and Social Sciences at UNC in 2012-13.

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Beyond the Classroom

As a graduate history student, you’ll gain advanced research methodology, writing skills and content knowledge that you can apply to a wide range of career options, as well as further graduate study.

Where can your degree take you?

  • Teacher at the secondary level (with licensure)
  • Researcher/analyst in the public or private sector
  • Writer or documentarian
  • Advanced study in areas such as law, theology, library science, and museum curatorship
  • Top-ranked Ph.D. programs across the country

Current Research in History 

Our faculty members bring diverse research interests to the classroom, including Hitler and the Third Reich, cartography, gender and sexuality, sport history, American Indian history, U.S. diplomatic relations, Mexican labor history and African environmental history. Some of the latest research in our department includes:

Historian of religion and print culture in early America, T.J. Tomlin is the author of A Divinity for All Persuasions: Almanacs and Early American Religious Life (2014) and is now at work on a book on the history of chance in early America.

Africanist Emily Brownell, a 2015-16 Visiting Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, is completing a book on the urban and environmental history of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Joan Clinefelter, a German historian, is the author of Artists for the Reich: Culture and Race from Weimar to Nazi Germany (2005). She is completing a book on RIAS, a Cold War radio station based in West Berlin.

Eastern Europeanist Steven Seegel is the author of Mapping Europe’s Borderlands: Russian Cartography in the Age of Empire (2012). His next book, also to be published by the University of Chicago Press, is a history of the entangled lives of six Eastern European geographers from the late 19th through the mid-20th centuries.

Robert Weis, the department’s Latin American historian, is the author of Bakers and Basques: A Social History of Bread in Mexico (2012). He is now working on the history of radical Catholic activists in Mexico City in the 1920s. Parts of this research appear in the Hispanic American Historical Review and Las Americas, both top journals in the field.

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