You'll begin this year-long program with an intensive summer experience in July. Coursework throughout the year focuses on historical interpretation and research, film production, funding and distribution.
At the heart of the program is the research, design and production of a documentary. Topics explored by recent student films include:
- Country music and the far right;
- How the Internet is changing American universities;
- The Salvadorian diaspora;
- Breaking The NFL’s color line;
- The Detroit music scene;
- World history and the potato; and
- The mysterious disappearance of poet and artist Everett Ruess;
A recent student/faculty collaboration, “300 Miles to Freedom,” tells the story of fugitive slave John W. Jones.
See the 2016-2017 DFH master's program course list for more information.
For complete program requirements and a list of available documentary film and history graduate courses, see the Syracuse University Course Catalog.
Featured Course: DFH 610
In this course, students analyze the unique collaborative nature of the documentary through screenings of important work in the genre, readings and lectures by visiting professionals. Students design research strategies and write proposals for a Documentary Film and History thesis.