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.  


"The Rough Riders"-

The UAlbany History Department participated in the first Albany History Race sponsored by the Albany Public Library. The team was composed of Richard F. Hamm, Bill Mahoney, Jacqueline Mirandola Mullen, Kent Gozales and Ciara Breslin. They needed to complete 8 missions by driving around the city and finding historic sites based on archival clues. The team did a great job and landed in 2nd place!!



Students Win 2014 Patricia Stocking Brown Research Award

Graduate student Tracey A. Casseus (M.A. History with a concentration in History & Media) and undergraduate history major Gail Bensen were honored by the University Libraries in May.  Their history faculty advisers were Prof. Gerald Zahavi and Prof. Kori Graves.


Richard Norton Smith

Researching New York Featured Event: Thursday Nov. 20th 7:30pm

On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller
Richard Norton Smith
Page Hall, University at Albany, Downtown Campus
Free and Open to the Public


Researching NY

Researching New York Featured Event: Friday Nov. 21st 4:00pm

The Workers of the Erie Canal: They Built America
Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center, University at Albany, Uptown Campus
Free and Open to the Public


Researching New York 2014: November 20-21

Conference theme:  Identities in New York: Imagining, Constructing, Exploring
Featured events with Richard Norton Smith (On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller); Lisa Tetrault (The Making of a Myth: Seneca Falls Unraveled), and Capital Repertory Theatre (The Workers of the Erie Canal: They Built America).  


Prof. Dimitri Korobeinikov Publishes Book

Byzantium and the Turks in the Thirteenth Century (Oxford University Press, September 2014) presents a new interpretation of the Nicaean Empire and highlights the evidence for its wealth and power.


Prof. Kendra Smith-Howard interviewed about her book

Pure and Modern Milk: An Environmental History Since 1900 (Oxford University Press, 2013), a close look at milk and its history as a pure and modern consumer product in American culture.


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.