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History Department


SUNY Cortland’s History Department offers two majors, a minor and a graduate program. 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.

Check out these additional resources on why majoring in history brings a lifetime of opportunity, career choice, and excitement:

Department News


Campus to join 2022 CROP Hunger Walk 

Oct. 5, 2022
Student participation in the community relief drive is needed more than ever.

Graduate endows business economics scholarship 

Sept. 13, 2022
Bestselling author Cary Carbonaro ’90 focuses on helping women be financially independent.

Alum named New York’s history teacher of the year

Aug. 19, 2022
SUNY Cortland graduate Caitlin Goodwin ’11, M ’16 teaches middle school in McGraw, N.Y.

History class explored real-life roots of ghostly claims

May 2, 2022
A student-run campus walking tour was more concerned with recorded history than lost souls.

Lin Lin awarded for dedicated teaching 

April 19, 2022
Associate professor chooses hands-on teaching methods to prepare future elementary educators. 


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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