To provide context for the area of study guidelines for area of study Historical Studies.
Area of Study Guidelines: This set of guidelines helps students plan their degree plans by spelling out what the academic world and many employers understand a particular concentration to mean. The guidelines are found in many academic publications.
Disciplinary — A program of study guided by the existing framework of a discipline.
Interdisciplinary — The simultaneous and interrelated study of two or more disciplines.
Problem Oriented — A program of study organized around a problem.
Professional/Vocational — A study which focuses on acquiring knowledge and skills needed for specific career performance and applications. It also entailsinquiry into the conceptual foundations of the profession, the role of the professional in that career, and the relations between the profession and society at large.
Thematic — A program of study focusing on a particular theme or set of ideas.
Students interested in Historical Studies may choose from a wide range of possibilities. Concentrations may be organized by types of history (e.g., social, race/ethnicity/class/gender, political, religious, environmental, economic, diplomatic, quantitative), by national experience or geographical areas (e.g., American history, Western civilization, East Asian history, studies of regional history), by time periods (e.g., ancient history, medieval civilization, modern history, colonial/post-colonial), or by themes (ethnic studies, labor history), and in other ways. Students designing concentrations in Historical Studies should investigate graduate school opportunities and requirements. Students interested in concentrations in Historical Studies should visit the Historical Studies web site (www.esc.edu/historyarea).
Building on the studies used to meet the SUNY General Education Requirement, students may design a concentration in Historical Studies using any of the college’s five organizing frameworks:
The faculty of the college expects that students who design degree programs in Historical Studies will acquire the following enabling skills and understandings:
Finally, students designing concentrations in Historical Studies are encouraged to include a capstone study or a final integrating independent study.
Introduction to the Area of Study Guidelines
Area of Study Guidelines; Historical Studies for Student Matriculating Before March 17, 2008 Policy