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.

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Department News


Teachers to revisit Gilded Age in Adirondacks

Sept. 22, 2023
SUNY Cortland’s ‘Forever Wild’ history program has earned a fifth round of NEH funding.

SUNY Cortland celebrates Latiné Heritage Month

Sept. 18, 2023
Campus events include a talk by award-winning author Esmeralda Santiago on Monday, Oct. 2.

SUNY Cortland’s 2023-24 intellectual theme is ‘Food’

Aug. 29, 2023
Students will be served generous helpings of lively academic discussion on this timely topic.

Fulbright winner inspired by Study Abroad program 

May 16, 2023
Kasey Jacob ’21 will soon return to India after earning a student research grant. 

SUNY Cortland to spotlight labor on April 27

April 17, 2023
The “Labor Spring” events will include a panel, an academic lecture and a rally.


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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