Department of History

History Department
E332 Thompson Hall
SUNY Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
Phone: (716) 673-3277
Fax: (716) 673-3332

Mary Beth
Mary Beth Sievens,
Department Chair,
Associate Professor,
Early American &
American Women's History

Mission Statement
History at SUNY Fredonia embraces more than the study of the past. Read more>>

Faculty Blog: [Un]Civil Rights in Russia and the United States

Student Blog: The History of SUNY Fredonia Project

Dept. News:

Laura Hirst

Congratulations to History Major Laura Hirst for receiving the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence. Read more...

    Straus Bookcover

Congratulations to Prof. Emily Straus, whose book Death of a Suburban Dream: Race and Schools in Compton, California, has been published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. For more information, click here.


Welcome to the SUNY Fredonia History Department! Our department offers a number of dynamic programs at the undergraduate level, including majors in History and Social Studies Adolescence Education. Our faculty are committed teachers and scholars who promote student learning through a broad, yet rigorous, analysis of the past. Our programs are designed to enhance students’ knowledge of the past and to develop strong critical thinking and writing skills. At Fredonia, students “do history” by conducting original research, analyzing sources, developing arguments, and communicating their findings. In addition, opportunities to engage in service learning, internships, scholarly conferences, and study abroad promote the development of skills and competencies students will need for life in a complex, global community. Please explore our site to learn more about the opportunities available at SUNY Fredonia. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me at

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