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We have programs that enable students majoring in history or in Africana Studies to earn both a bachelor’s degree in their respective majors and a Master of Arts in Teaching Social Studies in five years.  Applicants are expected to have an overall GPA of 3.4 or above, and students admitted to the program must maintain this GPA in order to remain in the program.

For program requirements, see the history and Africana Studies advising worksheets. Interested students should apply to the combined programs no later than the spring semester of the sophomore year.  Transfer students who are interested in applying to the program should contact the program director as soon as they are notified of their acceptance to Stony Brook.

Applications to the BA/MAT Program are online. Please go to the Application Information found at this link:

Most of the social studies distribution and general education requirements, as well as the courses required for the major, should be completed prior to beginning the graduate 'methods' sequence. Students who do not perform satisfactorily in the first graduate history courses will not be permitted to continue in the program. Students who either choose not to continue for the MAT, or who are not permitted to do so, can count 6 graduate credits towards their undergraduate degree.

 Information on tuition and fees for the combined program can be found on the advising worksheets.

For further information, please contact the Program Director, Professor Charles Backfish (