Welcome to the History Department
With approximately 105 majors and 13 faculty members, the SUNY Oneonta History Department offers students a rich and diverse learning experience in an intimate setting. Our upper-level courses are small (typically 20-35 students), allowing students and faculty to interact closely. The History Department houses both U.S. and international faculty, who teach and research in fields across the globe. Faculty have a strong commitment to the discipline through teaching, scholarship, and service, and are highly accessible to students both in and beyond the classroom. Three department members have been awarded the prestigious SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.
The history curriculum is extensive and versatile, enabling students to employ the discipline for many different purposes. It offers a major, a minor, and concentrations for related programs.
The History Department also provides an exceptionally strong internship program, offering students crucial work experiences in museums, archives, and historical sites across the state and further afield.
A new research assistant program – where students work one-on-one with a faculty member for a research project – is also on offer. A number of SUNY Oneonta History students are, for example, currently working as research assistants for the quarterly journal New York History which is housed by the History Department.
Department members, in addition, offer occasional on-site and study-abroad courses for which our students travel to Lithuania, Ghana, the New York canals, Civil War battlefields, New York City, Boston and other locations.