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

Prof. Maeve Kane Earns President’s Awards for Exemplary Public Engagement

Congratulations to Professor Maeve Kane, who earned the President’s Awards for Exemplary Public Engagement for her work in developing the Healthy Historic Walking Paths initiative in partnership with the Capital District YMCA. For a complete list of award winners, visit http://www.albany.edu/publicengagement/2017-awards.php.

Stovall Earns Venetian Research Program Travel Grant

Congratulations to doctoral student John Stovall, who received a Venetian Research Program travel grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation for his dissertation project, "Seated on High: Patriarch Cyril Loukaris and Greek Confessionalization, 1620-1630." The Foundation awards travel grants to individual scholars to support historical research on Venice and the former Venetian empire, and for the study of contemporary Venetian society and culture.

Professor John F. Schwaller Takes the Helm of Scholarly Journal

Congratulations to Professor John F. Schwaller, who was recently named Co-Editor of the scholarly journal Ethnohistory, published by Duke University Press. To read an interview in which Professor Schwaller explains his future plans for the journal, click here.

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