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Annual Departmental Awards

Rozella & Emil Berla Scholarship 
for an outstanding student in Judaic Studies

Braile-MacArthur Award
for an outstanding non-traditional or returning student 

W. K. Ferguson Award
for outstanding work in European history

Gardiner Scholarships 
for promising work in early American history and/or history of the New York region

Cynthia Mitchell Scholarships (multiple)
for majors who have excelled in history courses

Philip J. Staudenraus Award

for exceptional service to the History Department

Stony Brook Foundation Award
for the graduating student with the highest GPA in the Major

Alex & Zach Traum Research Award

for outstanding work on a research paper in U.S. history

Catherine Wang Award
for the graduating student most likely to "make history"

Roger Wunderlich Memorial Award
for outstanding work on the local (Long Island) dimensions of national history 

URECA certificates and honoraria
for students selected to present their original research at the annual History Department Undergraduate Conference, part of the university-wide URECA Celebration

Special Courses


Participation in local, state, and national public and private agencies and organizations. Students will be required to submit written progress reports and a final written report on their experience to the faculty sponsor and the department. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated up to a limit of 12 credits. Prerequisites: 15 credits in history; permission of instructor, department, and Office of Undergraduate Studies. To find an internship, look at Stony Brook’s Career Center website for museum/history internships. NYPIRG offers three-credit internships on campus, as well as 12-credit internships in Albany.


Qualified advanced undergraduates may carry out individual research projects under the supervision of a faculty member. May be repeated. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

Graduation with Honors

Departmental majors with a 3.5 GPA in history courses and related disciplines are eligible to enroll in the history honors program (HIS 495/496) at the beginning of their senior year. The student, after asking a faculty member to be a sponsor, must submit a research proposal to the department. The supervising faculty member must also submit a statement supporting the student’s proposal. This must be done in the semester prior to the beginning to the project. Once the honors proposal is approved, the student will register for HIS 495 for the first semester under the Honors Program, and HIS 496 for the second semester. The senior thesis resulting from the student’s research will read by two faculty members and a member of another department, as arranged by the supervising faculty member. Upon the recommendation of the supervising faculty member and with the consent of the additional readers, the student will graduate with an Honors Diploma from the History Department.

BA-MA Degree

For high-achieving and highly motivated majors, the department offers a five-year combined BA-MA degree—an excellent and affordable way to get a master's education. This degree can be combined with state certification in social studies education.
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