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

UAlbany Doctoral Student Reenacts the Past

History doctoral student Erica Nuckles became a historical reenactor when she was two years old. Now she’s turned her love of history into a successful career. She is currently Director of History and Collections at French and Indian War outpost at Fort Ligonier in Pennsylvania. For more of her story,click here. To see UAlbany's News Center coverage of Nuckles’s success click here.

History Department September Spotlight

The fall semester is off to a great start! Please see the History Department newsletter to view our September events. Also, please check out the faculty spotlight, which highlights the History Department’s strength in environmental history.

History Doctoral Grad Lands Top Job

Congratulations to UAlbany doctoral graduate Jackie Gonzales (née Mirandola Mullen), who has been hired by the consulting firm Historical Research Associates, Inc. (HRA). Gonzales will be working as a Research Historian in HRA’s Seattle office. This role will build on her expertise in environmental history, land use policy, and the National Park Service. Her projects will include federal administrative histories, litigation support, and historic preservation work, as well as other projects related to natural resource history, land use history, and cultural resources management. For more on HRA, click here.

Doctoral Student Publishes New Article

Congratulations to doctoral student Kyle Stanton, who recently served as a guest contributor to the blog of the Journal of the History of Ideas. To read his article, “American Zionism: A Mass-Cultural Movement,” click here.

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Albany, NY 12222

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