Welcome! The Department of History provides students with a thorough grounding in the past, seen from both social scientific and humanistic perspectives, and in the nature of history and historical analysis.

The study of history prepares students to pursue careers in fields as diverse as law, education, religion, journalism and media, business and government.

Undergraduates choose one of three concentrations (US, European, or World history), and an honors program and combined B.A./M.A. program are also available to qualified students. In addition, the Department participates in several interdepartmental programs, including Africana Studies, Asian Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies (with a concentration in Documentary Studies), Social Studies, Women's Studies, Judaic Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and Russian and East European Studies.

On a graduate level, the Department of History offers a Doctor of Philosophy degree, a Master of Arts degree in History, a Master of Arts degree in History with a concentration in Public History, and a Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) in Public History. The M.A. in History may also be combined with the M.S. in Information Science. In addition, the department participates in several interdepartmental programs, such as Social Studies (which the department administers) and Liberal Studies.

Department News

Doctoral Student Eric Martell Publishes Journal Article

Congratulations to doctoral student Eric Martell, who recently published an article titled “'Defeat Is an Orphan': The Kennedy Administration and the Bureaucratic Tug-of-War over the Bay of Pigs" in the Federal History Journal. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s birth, Martell will be giving a public lecture on Kennedy’s life, presidency, and legacy at the Bethlehem Public Library on Friday, May 19 from 1-3 p.m. Read Martell's article here.

Public History Graduate Lands Position at New York State Museum

Congratulations to Public History alum John Abeel who has landed positions at the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site in Kinderhook, N.Y., the National Archives in Washington D.C., and most recently a Research and Collections position at the New York State Museum, which, he attests was “at the top of my list of dream jobs when I first entered the Public History program in the fall of 2012.” At left is a picture of Mr. Abeel preparing the Obama Presidential Collection for its move from Washington D.C. to Chicago.

History Doctoral Graduate Lands Visiting Assistant Professor Position

Congratulations to History Doctoral Program Graduate John Palella who recently landed a two-year Visiting Assistant Professor position in the Center for Gender, Race and Area Studies at Clark University in Worcester, Mass.

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