Oswego's history program will provide you with a broad exposure to your own heritage, acquaint you with other cultures, and promote an in-depth understanding of one historical area.

Subjects focus on American, African, Asian, European, Latin American and Middle Eastern history; social, intellectual, military and political history; and gender and ethnic studies. You’ll learn to read closely and critically, to evaluate and synthesize materials from diverse sources, to speak and write effectively, to use empathy and imagination and to adhere to high standards of intellectual integrity — skills and habits of mind that will serve you well in diverse fields.

Launch your career


Our setting in a historic city and region provides a complementary atmosphere and many internship opportunities with museums, historic attractions and preservation organizations (as well as in other parts of the country). Apply to study abroad in cities old and new. Pursue opportunities to work with our skilled and helpful faculty on individual research projects. Join our History Club. Excel and you could be inducted into Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society — and become eligible for the history honors program, in which you can work directly with a faculty member to complete a thesis and earn an honors degree.


Opportunities include

  • Teaching
  • Law
  • Public and government service
  • Publishing
  • Museum work
  • Diplomacy

Graduate studies may include

  • Law
  • History
  • Public administration
  • Social science

“I spent 10 weeks working with (U.S. State Department) staff on exhibit development and educational programming for their nascent National Museum of American Diplomacy. I was able to work with civil servants, education specialists and exhibit and collections specialists, but, most importantly, actual diplomats.”

— Michael Pittavino ’13