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


SUNY Cortland Plans Events to Remember Holocaust

Lectures, a film screening and a string quartet performance will remember this dark chapter in history.

Folk Musician to Perform Hidden History

Charlie King will present on the struggle between labor and copper mine owners in 1917.

Van Buskirk Chronicles Black Patriots’ Struggle

A SUNY Cortland professor's book illuminates black roles in the American Revolution.

From SUNY Cortland to the Smithsonian

Life-changing internships and award-winning research revealed a future in art history to senior Claire Leggett.

Students, Faculty Compile 150 Years of SUNY Cortland History

The multimedia timeline is scheduled to launch in July 2018.


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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