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


Experts to Discuss Cortland Concert History

A panel of experts will talk about survival in the music industry and how SUNY Cortland students helped launch superstars.

‘Forever Wild’ History Program Earns New Round of NEH Funding

The weeklong immersive experience for K-12 educators is funded by a grant worth $165,198 from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

College Launches Sesquicentennial Events

The 150th anniversary celebration began in July during Alumni Reunion 2018.

Union History Exhibit Opening August 31

This year, United University Professions turns 45 with a display of memorabilia.

Heather Ramsdale ’97 Exhibits at Dowd Gallery

The rising artist’s first exhibition at her alma mater opened Aug. 27.


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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