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:
- Why Study History? (PDF) This two-page guide will give you the answer, plus list skills you will hone and additional resources about careers/future options.
- Loren Collins, Entering the Job Market with a BA in History
- The American Historical Association's Guide to Careers for History Majors
- Welcome to our newest faculty member, Dr. Anisha Saxena! Dr. Saxena recently published an article in South Asian Studies entitled "'I Curse You on Her Behalf': Narratives of Sexual Assault from Sanskrit Literature." Dr. Saxena also contributed to ten pages for the Great Questions Foundation, including one on The Metamorphosis and another on The Mahabharata.
- Dr. Danielle Candelora co-edited and published a book entitled Ancient Egyptian Society: Challenging Assumptions, Exploring Approaches.
- Dr. Jared McBrady published an article in Teaching and Learning Inquiry entitled "Decoding the Disciplines as a Pedagogy of Teacher Education."
- Dr. Bekeh Ukelina received a Carnegie Diaspora African Fellowship, which will soon take him to Ajayi Crowder University in Nigeria for a three-month project on history curriculum development.
- Dr. Danielle Candelora's student, Mary Lavis, published "A Tour Down the Long Hall" through Google Arts & Culture in partnership with the American Research Center in Egypt.
- Dr. Evan Faulkenbury published an article in The Public Historian entitled "Howard Zinn's Public History."
Feb. 16, 2024
The talk highlights a ‘common read’ series this spring on Robin Wall Kimmerer’s book.
Oct. 17, 2023
Students and staff can help combat world hunger and register for the 29th annual Cortland CROP Hunger Walk.
Sept. 26, 2023
Historian Laura Gathagan will discuss European women’s impressive power a millennium ago.
Sept. 22, 2023
SUNY Cortland’s ‘Forever Wild’ history program has earned a fifth round of NEH funding.
Sept. 18, 2023
Campus events include a talk by award-winning author Esmeralda Santiago on Monday, Oct. 2.
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.