History Department


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.

Grant Awarded

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.

Department News

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.


‘Forever Wild’ Program Builds Community, Prestige

A major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities funds the summer workshop for teachers.

European Union Award Puts College in Select Company

SUNY Cortland will develop a three-year program on the European Union with a grant awarded to three U.S. institutions.

‘Where are We?’ Series Continues in October

The 'Landmarks' exhibition opens Oct. 12 in the Dowd Gallery hallway gallery.

Biologist to Share Views on Humanity and Earth

Martin Ogle has perfected explaining a complex theory to non-scientists.

Departments Take Their Coursework to the Adirondacks

The College’s history and childhood/early childhood education departments took recent overnight trips to the Adirondack wilderness.


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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