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Our graduate program is composed of "themes" and "fields." They are designed to be elastic and permeable: they interconnect and flow into each other. Students who come to Stony Brook to study history are encouraged to cross boundaries and create connections.


• Global connections, empire, capitalism
• Health, science, environment
• Race, citizenship, migration
• Religion, gender, cultural identity
• States, nations, political cultures


• Atlantic history
• Environmental history
• European history
• Latin American history
• Transnational history
• U.S. history

In addition to these fields, students can pursue a graduate degree in the history of Russia, sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Japan, the Muslim world, the Indian Ocean, or the Pacific under the direction of one or more expert faculty. Please see our faculty directory as well as the links above.

Our program has both an M.A. track and a Ph.D. track. Read some testimonials from some of our current and former students.

If you have any questions, by all means ask!

Paul Gootenberg, Chair
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