History Department

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, a Master of Arts degree in History with a concentration in History & Media, 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.  

History Department Upcoming Events

2015 History Department Undergraduate Research Symposium

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2015 from 9:30am-1:30pm

Location: Business Building-Rooms 213, 217, and the Standish Living Room

Click Here for details about the event and the 16 students who will display posters and present their original research.

If you have ever been curious about the past, love hearing good stories, or want to learn something new, please join us! Free and Open to the public.


Recognition Ceremony for History and Documentary Studies Majors

Date: Saturday, May 16

Time: 3:00 p.m. (ceremony lasts approximately one hour)
(participants need to be there by 2:30 to sign in)

Location: UAlbany Campus Center Ballroom

Attire: Cap and gown or business attire.

Seating: While we do not require tickets, we ask that students limit their number of guests to 5.

Invitations: Once you have been approved for graduation by the Registrar's office you are automatically added to the department’s invitation list for the Recognition Ceremony. Formal letters of invitation will be mailed to students and family shortly. Please R.S.V.P. by April 24th!

Students who will complete their degree requirements during the summer 2015 term, and who wish to participate in the May 2015 Recognition Ceremony, must contact the office by April 24th so we know who to include in our event program. 



Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society - Chi Delta Chapter and Professor Dan S. White welcomed new members.

On Friday April 17th Professor Richard Hamm gave a talk "How and Why I Became a Historian and What It Might Mean to You".



Graduate Study in Environmental History

Explore the history of the human connection to nature at the head of the Hudson River and surrounded by the Adirondack, Castskill, Greene, and Berkshire Mountains. Pursue an M.A. or Ph.D. in the Department of History at the University at Albany, SUNY.


Graduate Fellowship

Congratulations to UAlbany History graduate student Stacy Veeder for earning an Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellowship, which will fund a month of study in Poland and Slovakia where she will take courses in Jewish history, collective memory, and genocide studies at the Auschwitz State Museum.


2014 Winter Commencement

The 2014 Winter Commencement Ceremony was held on December 7th. Pictured here are Alice Malavasic, Professor Dan S. White, and Ileana Camelia Lenart, two of the three students that were awarded a PhD degree in History.


Associate Prof. Sheila Curran Bernard talks with Selma's Archive Producer

Interview with Kenn Rabin, a UAlbany alum, appears in the February 2015 issue of The American Historian, a publication of the Organization of American Historians.

Associate Professor Carl Bon Tempo has won the 2014-2015 Dean's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Professor Bon Tempo joins other teaching prize winners in the department: Jeannine Chandler, Richard Fogarty, Susan Gauss, Richard F. Hamm, Patrick Nold, Laura Wittern-Keller, and Gerry Zahavi.



Prof. Christopher Pastore Publishes Book

Between Land and Sea: The Atlantic Coast and the Transformation of New England (Harvard University Press, October 2014), an environmental history of this watery corner of the Atlantic world, beginning with the first European settlement in 1636 and ending with the dissolution of the Blackstone Canal Company in 1849.