Dr. Dewar MacLeod 
Graduate Director, Atrium 210
For more information: macleodg@wpunj.edu

View Program Requirements & Courses

The Master of Arts in history is designed for the twenty-first century. Through an innovative curriculum that focuses on global historical analysis and the integration of information technology into historical research and teaching, the program provides graduates with the skills necessary to communicate historical insights in a diverse and technologically advanced society.

Graduate students in History may choose from three academic paths: the Examination option, the Thesis option or the Applied Historical Studies track – all requiring 30 credits.

The history faculty at William Paterson is one of the largest in New Jersey and offers a wide range of courses that reflect the latest scholarship in the discipline. Thematic courses, such as the history of crime, science, women, and sexuality, complement the traditional menu of national histories. The program’s flexibility also allows students to tailor a course of study to fit their needs.

All incoming students will take HIST 5000 Historical Thinking, the core course designed to introduce the fundamentals of historical interpretation, theories, and methodologies. Those pursuing the Examination and Thesis options are required to take one of the Global History Seminars. Students in the Applied Historical Studies track will take courses in Digital History and Public History, as well as an Internship.

Prospective students: please note, this program is currently not accepting new students.

Library Resources

One of the gems of William Paterson University is the Cheng Library and its extraordinary staff. Start your research at the page for Library Resources for Graduate Students. The History Department liaison at the Library is Richard Kearney, a graduate of our Master's Program. You may access the University Archives here; for more information contact Bob Wolk.

Resources for current students

Guidelines for Writing the M.A. Thesis in History

History MA Program Progression Chart

History Student Handbook Fall 2016

Stephen Duncombe presentation on propaganda/democratic persuasion