Documentary Film & History MA Degree @ Syracuse

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Syracuse University offers a unique MA degree for History majors and minors. Currently in its tenth year, our “Documentary Film and History” program is designed for students interested in making documentary films on historical themes, offering them the opportunity to deepen their understanding of history while they acquire the practical skills of the filmmaker’s craft.

This fifteen-month program is a collaboration between the History Department and the renowned Newhouse School of Public Communications. Applicants do not need a media background. In addition to taking courses on film production, screenwriting, and historical methods, students choose courses that allow them to deepen their knowledge of a specific field within history. For their M.A. thesis, students make films on topics chosen in conjunction with their advisors. Recent films have examined topics such as the role of race in college football, the history of the video game, and the idea of the outlaw in country music. 

Our alumni work at the History Channel, Focus Films, National Geographic, as well as for independent film companies such as Sundance. Some have also used the degree to pursue work in public history, or as a gateway to a Ph.D. program. 

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