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

History Students Make the Shaker Museum Shine

On October 19 members of the UAlbany chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society donated their time to help the Shaker Heritage Society Historical Site on Meeting House Rd. in Albany. They washed floors and windowsills and cleaned the museum’s seating area. And they learned about the Shakers and their history in the process. Photo, L to R: Bobby West, Paige Dewitt-Holub, and Calley Quinn.

History Graduate Students Showcase New Research at the Urban History Association

Congratulations to History doctoral students Bob Beach, Tinamarie Peabody, and Shannon Missick (L to R), who presented their research in a panel titled "The Municipal Gaze: Demanding, Losing, and Avoiding Attention in the City" at the Urban History Association Biennial Conference at Loyola University in Chicago. UAlbany History Professor Laura Wittern-Keller (Right) served as the panel Chair and Commentator.

Professor Fritz Schwaller Earns High Honors

Congratulations to Professor Frtiz Schwaller who on October 21 will receive the Tibesar Award for lifetime achievement by the Academy of American Franciscan History. He will give a lecture on “Fr. Agustin de Vetancurt and the Devotion of the Stations of the Cross in Colonial Mexico.” Professor Schwaller was Director of the Academy for over ten years (1983-1999). In addition, on November 19 in a ceremony to be held in the Castle of Segovia, Spain, he will also be inducted into the Imperial Order of Charles V, for promoting Hispanic heritage and the work of understanding and advancing the peoples of the Hispanic community of nations.

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