History Department


SUNY Cortland’s History Department offers two majors, a minor, and a graduate program. Browse our department webpage to explore options. We have a world-class faculty offering classes ranging from Revolutionary America to Ancient Greece; from Medieval Europe to Modern China; from the Spanish Civil War to Native American History; from World Environmental History to Public History; and dozens more. In our history courses, students don't just study the past---they become historians.

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Department News

  • Dr. Scott Moranda appeared on the New Books Network's podcast to discuss his book, The People's Own Landscape: Nature, Tourism, and Dictatorship in East Germany (University of Michigan Press, 2014) --- Listen here
  • Welcome to our newest colleague, Dr. Bekeh Utietiang! An expert of African history, Dr. Utietiang will offer courses on early and modern Africa, world history, and imperialism.
  • We are saddened by the death of Dr. Leonard F. Ralston, professor emeritus of history. Dr. Ralston taught in the history department from 1957 to 1987. He is best known on campus for writing Cortland College: An Illustrative History
  • Dr. Judith L. Van Buskirk published her latest book, Standing in Their Own Light: African American Patriots in the American Revolution (University of Oklahoma Press, 2017). Praising her work, Edward Countryman calls Standing in Their Own Light a "thoughtful, deeply researched, well-written book [that] makes a big contribution to understanding the Revolution in its liberating but tragic ambiguity.” 


SUNY Cortland to Host SUNY-wide History Conference

"Tuning Talks" to gather history faculty from across New York state.

College to Host ‘Incllusion’ Series in 2017-18

Starting Sept. 13, the “Incllusion” series will focus on equity and human rights.

Students Model European Union in Big Apple

Twelve attended the Model European Union conference held March 30-April 2.

Series to Focus on Africana Diaspora Experience

Films and a lecture by a book author will focus on modern racism.

Brooks Lecture Series Concludes with Maya Culture Talk

Ceramics professor Jeremiah Donovan will discuss Maya Cultural Rediscovery on April 5.


The History Club is one of SUNY Cortland’s fastest growing organizations on campus! Its goals are to provide a social setting for developing interests in historical topics and to establish a better relationship between faculty and students.

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