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

Public History Alum Named Director of Curatorial Operations at the Norman Rockwell Museum

Congratulations to UAlbany Public History alum Martin Mahoney who was just named Director of Curatorial Operations at the Normal Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass. Mahoney, who has worked at the Rockwell Museum as Director of Collections and Exhibitions since 2005, oversaw a 1,600-percent growth in the museum’s holdings. Now as Director of Curatorial Operations, he will oversee exhibit planning and a possible museum expansion. For more on Mahoney, click here

Why History? Department of History Newsletter 2016

Some of the most influential leaders in government, business, and media started as history majors. What explains this success? It’s simple. History majors are trained to be critical thinkers—which puts them ahead in the workplace—and they tackle society’s biggest questions in the classroom. Read More

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