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


Students determine fate of European nations. Sort of.

March 5, 2024
SUNY Cortland students gained diplomatic skills in Belgium during a Model European Union project.

Campus plans Women’s History Month series

March 5, 2024
SUNY Cortland will celebrate Women’s History Month with several events during March.

'Braiding Sweetgrass' author to speak

Feb. 16, 2024
The talk highlights a ‘common read’ series this spring on Robin Wall Kimmerer’s book.

CROP Hunger Walk set for Oct. 22

Oct. 17, 2023
Students and staff can help combat world hunger and register for the 29th annual Cortland CROP Hunger Walk.

Medieval nuns rule in Oct. 4 lecture

Sept. 26, 2023
Historian Laura Gathagan will discuss European women’s impressive power a millennium ago.


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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