Welcome to the Department of History at the University at Albany.

Our undergraduate program prepares students for careers in fields as diverse as law, education, religion, journalism, business, and government. Our graduate programs prepare students for careers in higher education, secondary-school teaching, museums, history and media, and public policy.

Some of America’s most influential leaders were trained as historians. What explains their success? It’s simple. Historians learn to be careful problem-solvers and clear communicators. They learn to analyze evidence and differentiate the stuff that matters from the noise that doesn’t. In short, the study of history translates into diverse career options in high-paying fields.


Department News

Applications Open for History Honors Society and History Honors Program

Are you a historian in the making? If so, consider apply to Phi Alpha Theta (PAT), the History Honors Society. Click here for more information or e-mail Phi Alpha Theta advisor Prof. Richard Hamm at rhamm@albany.edu. If you’d like to enroll in the History Honors Program for the 2018-2019 academic year, the deadline is March 23. For more information, click here.

Prof. Kendra Smith-Howard To Discuss the Dirty Business of Keeping Clean

Professor Kendra Smith-Howard will present "Finding Nature in UnexpectedPlaces: What Cleaning Closets and Laundry Rooms Tell Us about American Environmental History," from 12:35 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on April 4 in the Standish Room of the Science Library. This will be the final lecture of the spring 2018 "Campus Conversations in Standish” series. Click here for more information. Click here for more information.

Prof. Korobeinikov Wins Best Book Prize from the Medieval Academy of America

Congratulations to Professor Dmitry Korobeinikov, whose Byzantium and the Turks in the Thirteenth Century (Oxford University Press, 2014) won the 2018 Medieval Academy of America John Nicholas Brown Prize for best first book in any field of Medieval Studies (History, Art History, Literature, Music, Law, Philosophy, Theology, and Archaeology). Professor Korobeinikov’s achievement marks the second time a UAlbany History Department faculty member has won the award—Professor John Monfasani won for his biography of George of Trebizond in 1980—distinguishing the History Department as one of the only departments in America with two recipients of the prize. Click here to learn more about the prize and Professor Korobeinikov’s award.

History Graduate Gives Televised Lecture

UAlbany History graduate and prolific author David Pietrusza gave a lecture titled "Washington on the Hudson The Road to the White House Runs Through Albany More Than You Think!” at the William K Sanford Town Library in Colonie, New York. Click here to view his televised lecture.

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