With your degree in history, you can become an educator, researcher, communicator, editor, information manager, archivist, lawyer or businessperson, to mention a few.
SUNY Cortland’s History Department offers a major in history and one in history with preparation for teaching social studies in grades 7-12. As a major in either area, you will have opportunities for interdisciplinary work in journalism, English, cinema study, education, other social sciences and multicultural studies.
As a history major you will be encouraged to combine your studies with legislative internships in Albany and study abroad programs. Your course work will teach you how to be a historian as well as a good citizen capable of sifting through information, deciding what is important to remember, drawing reasonable conclusions and building sound arguments that address specific problems.
Our History Club will connect you with faculty and other history majors, and will allow you to participate in trips to New York City and Philadelphia, as well as in civic activities such as city clean-ups.
National Endowment for the Humanities awarded historians Randi Storch and Kevin Sheets their second Landmarks in American History and Culture grant. K-12 teachers are encouraged to apply for this unique two-week experience, studying the Gilded Age and Progressive Era while living in the college’s Camp Huntington in the Adirondack Park. The application and details about this professional development opportunity can be found here.
Recently, our History Club working on a community service project at the McGraw Central College cemetery. Read more about the history of New York Central College and our History Club here.
To learn more about our department, the History Club, or about the field of history, visit our department's Facebook page.
- Dual Major in Adolescence Education: Social Studies and History (7-12) [SST and HIS]
- History [HIS]
- History Minor [HIS]
Student Research Resources
Students looking for primary sources for HIS 290, HIS 490, or any other history course, should visit the Library's guide to History Primary Sources. This guide will direct you to many different type of primary sources from around the world.