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

History Major Publishes Critique of New Trend in the National Parks

Congratulations to History major Alex Marinides, who recently published an article in the Earth Island Journal titled "The Case Against Glamping on Public Lands: Do High-End Campsites Undermine the Spirit of National Parks?” Drawing on research he began in his fall 2016 “American Environmental History” course (AHIS 329), Marinides explores the development of luxury camping outfitters now infiltrating the national parks. Read his article here.

History Doctoral Alum Publishes New Book

Congratulations to John Howard Smith, a graduate of the History Ph.D. Program, on the publication of The First Great Awakening: Redefining Religion in British America, 1725-1775 (Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2015). By emphasizing the diversity and independence of American evangelicals, Smith shows that the First Great Awakening did far less to forge a coherent British-American identity than has been previously thought. To learn more about the book, click here.

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