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


Monday, March 30, 11:30am

Social Science 145

You've found the internship or job to which you seek to apply. But how do you make the most convincing case that you are a strong candidate? How do you translate your experience and historical skills to the ad? Bring your position announcement, a draft of your letter/resume, and get hands-on help on improving your letter to best showcase your strengths. Participants must register in advance at ksmithhoward@albany.edu.  


Alice Malavasic, Professor Dan S. White, Ileana Camelia Lenart

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.


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.


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, Catskill, Greene, and Berkshire Mountains. Pursue an M.A. or Ph.D. in the Department of History at the University at Albany, SUNY.  



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.