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.
Prof. Sheila Curran Bernard awarded a 2016 NYFA Fellowship and 2016 Geri Ashur Screenwriting Award
Congratulations to Professor Sheila Curran Bernard for winning a 2016 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship in Playwriting/Screenwriting and for winning the highly prestigious 2016 Geri Ashur Screenwriting Award from NYFA! For more information on the fellowship and award, click here.
History Ph.D. Grad John Pallela Lands Position at Worcester State University
Congratulations to John M. Palella, who earned a Ph.D. in the History Department in 2016, for his new appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor of U.S. History at Worcester State University in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Prof. Sheila Curran Bernard Named First Fellow for the Institute for History and Public Engagement
Congratulations to Professor Sheila Curran Bernard, who was recently named the first Community Fellow of the newly established Institute for History and Public Engagement. Professor Bernard will complete a research project on the African-American folk and blues musician Huddie Ledbetter, also known as Lead Belly. Her research will be made into an interactive website and produced as a stage performance. For more on Professor Bernard's work with the Institute for History and Public Engagement, click here.
Professor Dan S. White--History Department Recognition Ceremony 2016 Keynote Speaker
Professor Dan S. White was the department's keynote speaker at the Recognition Ceremony for the Spring 2016 History Graduates. Click here to read his speech titled "Changes."
Bianca Englese Wins Ekirch Award for U.S. History
Congratulations to Bianca Englese who won the UAlbany History Department's 2016 Ekirch Award for U.S. History. Her research examines the history of cholera in Albany during the early nineteenth century. Having completed her M.A., Englese will begin her doctoral work in the History Department in fall 2016.
UAlbany Public History Alum Devin Lander Named New York State Historian
Congratulations to David Lander, a graduate of the UAlbany Public History M.A. program, who was just named New York State Historian. Lander, who currently serves as the Executive Director of the Museum Association of New York (MANY), will join the New York Education Department on May 19, 2016. As State Historian, he will conduct "research on state history, provides statewide coordination and leadership of the historical communities in New York, and promotes collaboration, education and scholarship to ensure a greater understanding of the history of New York State.” To see more, click here.