Welcome to the Department of History at the University at Albany.

Our undergraduate program prepares students for careers in fields as diverse as law, education, religion, journalism, business, and government. Our graduate programs prepare students for careers in higher education, secondary-school teaching, museums, history and media, and public policy.

Some of America’s most influential leaders were trained as historians. What explains their success? It’s simple. Historians learn to be careful problem-solvers and clear communicators. They learn to analyze evidence and differentiate the stuff that matters from the noise that doesn’t. In short, the study of history translates into diverse career options in high-paying fields.


Department News

Prof. Wittern-Keller Publishes New Timeline of Movie Censorship

Congratulations to Professor Laura Wittern-Keller for the recent publication of a timeline of movie censorship commissioned by the First Amendment Center on behalf of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. Click here, to view the timeline.

Prof. Richard Hamm Publishes New Article

Congratulations to Professor Richard Hamm for his new article in the American Journal of Legal History titled "Off the Streets: The Origins of the Doctrine of Commercial Speech.”

History Ph.D. Alum Publishes New Book

Congratulations to Alice Malavasic, a History doctoral program alum, who recently published The F Street Mess: How Southern Senators Rewrote the Kansas-Nebraska Act (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2017). Click here to read the description.

History Doctoral Candidate Erica Nuckles in the News

History Doctoral Candidate Erica Nuckles is breathing new life into the Fort Ligonier Museum in Ligonier, Pennsylvania. As the museum’s Director of History and Collections, Nuckles is overseeing a major overhaul of the museum’s collections as part of a $13 million expansion and enhancement project. Click here for recent news coverage of Nuckles’ work at the museum.

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