History Department

History exposes students to people, places and times they would otherwise not experience. Through the study of history students learn how the actions of the past have shaped today’s society and may inform the future.

Our courses stress the importance of disciplined methods of inquiry and interpretation, as well as empathy and imagination, and are taught by widely published scholars and seasoned historians. Students may choose to specialize their curriculum in United States, World, African, European, Latin American, or Asian History. Furthermore, courses taught by our faculty support numerous programs on campus including American Studies, Global and International Studies, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, Africa and African-American Studies, and Native American Studies.

Why major in history?

Knowledge of the larger world equips students to enter international fields. Employers are looking for people with problem-solving, persuasive writing, and listening skills learned through a degree in history. Communication skills and the ability to research and write, furnishes history students with the skills needed to enter a wide range of fields from public relations to events management.

Student spotlight

Stephanie Cook '19

History

I love learning about the past and understanding how vital it is to understanding the modern world we live in today. In order to create a better world for future generations, it is necessary to have a solid understanding of how this world has been shaped by humanity.

Spotlight

Michael Kaefer

Michael Kaefer

History and German double major
December 2017 graduate
US Student Fulbright Finalist
English Teaching in Germany 2018-2019

Spotlight

Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith

Becoming a history major was probably the best decision I've made at Oswego. Studying history has exposed weaknesses in my understanding, put my beliefs into question, and shown me the need to view our past critically.

History

OFFICE

History Department

433 Mahar

CONTACT

Phone: 315.312.2170
Email: frank.byrne@oswego.edu