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

History Major Jacob Houser Wins Presidential Award for Undergraduate Research

Congratulations to senior History major Jacob Houser, who received the 2018 UAlbany Presidential Award for Undergraduate Research for his project titled “When the World Seemed New: UE Local 301 and the Decline of the American Labor Movement.”

History Major Ryan Fox Wins Situation Interactive Prize

Congratulations to senior History major Ryan Fox, who received the 2018 UAlbany Situation Interactive Prize for Experience Research, is a competitive award that was established by the founder and president of Situation Interactive, Damian Bazadona ’98. This award provides undergraduate students with $500 to encourage and facilitate their engagement in research, scholarship, and creative activities.

Prof. Natalia Aleksiun to Give Annual Yom Ha-Shoah Lecture

Please join the Judaic Studies Program and History Department for the 2018 Malka and Eitan Evan Annual Yom Ha-Shoah Lecture. Our speaker, Dr. Natalia Aleksiun, will present her new research project, titled "Limited Agency: On Surviving the Holocaust in Eastern Europe.” Natalia Aleksiun is Professor of Modern Jewish History in the Graduate School of Jewish Studies at Touro College in New York. She specializes in modern Jewish history in eastern Europe, the history of historiography, and the Holocaust. She is the recipient of several fellowships at prestigious institutions in Europe, Israel, and the United States. Her numerous publications include Where to? The Zionist Movement in Poland, 1944-1950 and Conscious History: Polish Jewish Historians before the Holocaust. She has also co-edited two volumes of Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry. The lecture will take place on Wednesday, May 9 2018 at 7 p.m. in the University at Albany Campus Center Ballroom.Click here for the event flier.

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