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

“Is This Meal Different from All Other Meals? Food and Ritual in the Early Seder”

Clemens Leonhard, Professor of Liturgical Studies at the University of Munster in Germany will be giving a lecture at the Colonie Library on Sept. 12th at 6pm. See Lecture Flyer.
This lecture is free and open to the public.

History Major Presents Research in Spain

Congratulations to History Major Sonya Herbach, who will present a paper titled "The Anxieties of the Appearance and Emotions: Empress Elizabeth's Challenges and Struggles in the Nineteen Century’s Sexist Society" accepted at the international conference “Kings & Queens: At the Shadow of the Throne," to he held this September in Madrid, Spain. Ms. Herbach won an Undergraduate Research Award for an earlier version of the paper, which she presented at the spring 2017 UAlbany Undergraduate Research Conference.

Hands-on Public History in Nantucket

MA-Public History student Lydia Nightingale grapples with a giant squid (not to scale) and shows off sperm whale teeth as she works the Nantucket Historical Association’s popular “ArtifACK Cart,” a hands-on learning experience for visitors – all part of her summer internship in Nantucket.

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