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 Alum Earns Prestigious Fellowship at Duke University

Congratulations to Class of 2007 History alum (and UAlbany Latin American and Caribbean Studies Ph.D.) Luis F. Paredes, who has just earned a prestigious residency to study dance history at Duke. To read more about his research, click here.

Public History Alum Knocks One out of the Park

Congratulations to Public History alum Jamie Brinkman, who just accepted the position of Digital Asset Specialist at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, in Cooperstown, N.Y., where she is responsible for the digital versions of the Hall’s museum, library, and archival collections. Since arriving at the Hall in 2015, she has helped plan and develop the museum’s new digital asset management system, PASTIME, into which she helped stage and ingest thousands of digital assets. She is also involved with the creation and enhancement of metadata, assisting with quality control and setting archival information standards.

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