Oral History Master of Arts (OHMA) is an interdisciplinary Master of Arts degree program in the field of oral history that focuses on interviewing methodologies and interpretative methods. OHMA links social sciences and humanities research across six disciplines: History, Sociology, Literature, Anthropology, Psychology and Public Health. OHMA also has practical applications in historic preservation, radio production, writing, and legal and human rights work.
OHMA trains students in how to conduct research through creating and analyzing interviews, and developing fieldwork projects to address historical and contemporary issues that require interdisciplinary investigation. The field of oral history supports research on immigration, migration, ethnicity, gender, politics, government and human rights. Students who are interested in conducting institutional and community histories will also benefit from this degree.
The program is designed for students who have a strong background and interest in social science and humanities research that is focused on living individuals, cultures and social groups. Students will be trained in field research methods, and encouraged to develop analytic skills to interpret their research from interdisciplinary perspectives. The program is co-supported by the Columbia Center for Oral History.
Social Sciences Summer
The Social Sciences Summer at Columbia University is a non-degree program providing students with an understanding of the principles and skills to design and conduct social research. It encourages students to critically evaluate the methods, strategies and data used by social scientists and provides training in analysing a range of qualitative and quantitative methods. The program is structured for highly motivated students with interest in the social sciences and the research process. Students will work closely with faculty in daily seminars. The two and a half-week program culminates with a series of presentations of group research proposals, in which students will collaborate with each other and Columbia University faculty and staff to lay the groundwork for a larger research project.
Bi-Annually, the Columbia Center for Oral History Research sponsors a Summer Institute in New York City, which brings together oral historians, scholars, activists, and others for two weeks of advanced training in the theory and practice of oral history. Participants work with world-class instructors, network with oral historians from around the world and go to exhibits in New York City. Each year we focus on a different theme.
2017 Summer Institute
Oral History and Aging: Transmitting Life Stories of Being and Becoming Across Cultures and Generations June 5 – June 16, 2017
The Columbia Center for Oral History Research is proud to announce our 2017 Summer Institute Program: Oral History and Aging: Transmitting Life Stories of Being and Becoming Across Cultures and Generations.
The Institute will examine the social and cultural realities of aging across the life span focusing on ways that oral history opens up possibilities of meaning-making through the construction of narratives in a dialogical and relational framework.