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

Professor John F. Schwaller Addresses Frankfurt's Max Planck Institute

On June 1, 2017, History Professor John F. Schwaller was welcomed at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, in Frankfurt, Germany, where he delivered a lecture titled “Mexico in 1585: The Backdrop of the Tercer Concilio Provincial.” For more about the lecture, click here.

History MA Graduate Lands Faculty Position at Berkshire Community College

Congratulations to Gordon Roberts (MA 2012, History Department), who just completed his first year as an adjunct Professor of History at Berkshire Community College. He will continue teaching there during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Doctoral Student Eric Martell Publishes Journal Article

Congratulations to doctoral student Eric Martell, who recently published an article titled “'Defeat Is an Orphan': The Kennedy Administration and the Bureaucratic Tug-of-War over the Bay of Pigs" in the Federal History Journal. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s birth, Martell will be giving a public lecture on Kennedy’s life, presidency, and legacy at the Bethlehem Public Library on Friday, May 19 from 1-3 p.m. Read Martell's article here.

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