With approximately 102 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 25 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. The curriculum allows students to focus on the history of Japan, France, Great Britain, Germany, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, South Africa, USA and many others. There is a major, a minor, and concentrations for related programs programs such as Secondary Social Studies.
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.
The vision for the Department of History is to enhance its position as one of the SUNY Oneonta’s most intellectually and pedagogically engaged departments. The department’s faculty is recognized for its research, scholarship and academic instruction. The Department plays a vital role in the College by supporting the curricular needs of other programs and general education. Its members will continue to pursue an active program of research and scholarship and offer a wide-range of courses, all of which emphasize the development of critical thinking skills through intensive reading, writing and discussion. We will continue to enrich three of the program’s features. First, the Department will design thematic, student-centered, team instructed, and interdisciplinary courses. Second, it will continue to extend its successful internship program and nurture academic, business and other professional partnerships to help launch students into fulfilling careers in the historical community and further afield. Finally, it will establish a core group of courses requiring activities beyond the classroom and offering opportunities for student research and engagement, including local and global field experiences. The results will strengthen our reputation as a department known for its strong commitment to preparing its students for future careers in, around, and beyond history, and a vibrant program with an enhanced reputation for academic excellence in teaching, learning, and scholarship in the field, the SUNY system and globally.
The Department of History at SUNY Oneonta combines excellence in teaching, learning, and scholarship with opportunities for undergraduate research and field experiences that prepare students for the job market and cultivate their intellectual capabilities.