Informed by the research of Taylor Branch, HIST 493: Citizenship and Freedom: The Civil Rights Era explores the watershed period through personal stories of its conflicted characters, from sharecroppers to U.S. presidents, who produced a decade of historical landmarks. The weekly seminar features live appearances and interviews by surviving participants such as Rep. John Lewis, Harry Belafonte, Diane Nash, Bob Moses, and Julian Bond.
The course is also offered online for credit and as continuing education, both live and through on-demand retrieval.
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Shorten your path to your master's degree.
Students who qualify may take up to 9 graduate credits, which apply to both the bachelor's degree in History and the M.A. in Legal and Ethical Studies. Contact us for more information or learn more about our accelerated options.
In addition to local history, you'll learn about American, Asian and European history, and you'll have the opportunity to take advantage of our unique specialization in public history. Via internships and independent research projects, you'll have an opportunity to apply what you've learned in the classroom to the world outside.
Though an undergraduate history degree is traditionally perceived as preparation for careers in teaching, business or law, UB's program encourages you to develop analytical, critical-thinking and communication skills valued in many professions, including:
The major is also designed for those who want to continue their education in graduate school, studying the humanities, social sciences or other professional fields.
Also qualify to join UB's Tau Mu chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta International Honors Society.
You can choose to complete the major's specialization in public history, which is the professional application of historical methods, skills, research and presentation in settings outside the classroom:
The public history specialization combines standard history coursework with public history courses, seminars, independent research and an internship that allows you to gain practical experience in a variety of professional settings where historians work.