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History Department

SUNY Oneonta
225 Netzer Admin Building
Ravine Parkway
Oneonta, NY 13820

Phone: (607) 436-3326
Fax: (607) 436-2689


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Research Assistantships


HIST 396 Research Assistant for History (1-3 S.H.)

A number of history majors at the State University of New York College at Oneonta serve as Research Assistants. Students have the opportunity to enroll in HIST 396: Research Assistant for History (3 s.h.), which allows them to receive course credit for working one-on-one or in a group with a faculty member on a major research project. Students actively participate in the process of historical research and writing. Activities may include the following: the collection, organization, and analysis of historical data; the collection and organization of bibliographic material; the organization of research material; and the critical reading and discussion of manuscripts. May be repeated for a total of 6 s.h. If P/F grade mode is selected credits can not count toward the major.

Prerequisites: HIST major and 9 s.h. upper division history coursework.

AHIS 396 Research Assistant: New York History: A Quarterly Journal (3 s.h.)

Description: Macintosh HD:Users:metteharder:Desktop:ny-history_fix_website2.jpgThis course offers students a hands-on experiential learning, opportunity. Working under the supervision of the Editors of New York History: A Quarterly Journal (a peer-reviewed, scholarly history journal), students actively engage in the process of historical writing, editing, and publishing. In addition, the course provides students the opportunity to integrate and apply knowledge, obtained in the classroom, by working with the State University of New York at Oneonta's community partner, The New York State Historical Association. Experiential learning activities include the following: copy editing, proof reading, fact checking, scholarly research, bibliographic research, and the critical reading and discussion of scholarly essays. May be repeated for a total of 6 s.h. Approval of the advisor and department is required.

Prerequisites: 6 s.h. in AHIS, EHIS, HIST, or WHIS

Recently, the College expanded its long-standing partnership with the New York State Historical Association (Cooperstown, NY). Founded in 1899, NYSHA is one of the oldest institutions devoted to the study of the history of New York. As a result of this partnership, members of the Department of History (Dr. F. Daniel Larkin, Dr. Thomas D. Beal, Dr. Danny Noorlander, and Dr. William Walker of the Cooperstown Graduate Program) serve as editors for New York History: Quarterly Journal of the New York State Historical Association.

Now in its ninety-third year of publication, New York History is the only publication of its kind devoted to the history of New York State. This is a unique partnership; no other SUNY College has a history department that sponsors such a well-known and highly respected journal. Most importantly, serving as co-sponsors of the journal positions the Department of History as a center for the research, study and publication of works on New York State history. 

The partnership between the New York State Historical Association and the Department of History provides exciting opportunities for history majors:

  • Currently, seven students work as New York History Research Assistants
  • Students research, fact check, copy-edit and debate the historical significance of scholarly submissions to the journal
  • Working as a Research Assistant in such an environment can be excellent preparation for a career in editing, journalism as well as graduate work in history or a related discipline


Please contact Dr. Thomas D. Beal or Dr. Danny Noorlander to learn more about serving as a Research Assistantship for New York History.