Understanding the complexities of the human experience is the historian’s goal. The History Major broadens the student’s knowledge of his or her own society and its past, and introduces the student to other cultures. The Social Studies Major leads to careers teaching in middle or high school. Both majors are designed to train students in the fundamental habits of mind of the historian’s craft: analytical and communication skills that will provide a foundation for excellence in a wide variety of careers and professions, including teaching, law, journalism, business, public history, policy, and government. Committed teachers and scholars join students in a cooperative community with a shared purpose. The Department offers a Minor in History, and also contributes to many Interdisciplinary Minors and the Museum Studies Minor.
Students in HIST 399, The Wars of 1812, visit Old Fort Niagara, a strategically important site in the North American war.
The History major is designed to provide students with historical knowledge that is both broad and deep. Majors are required to take foundation courses in U.S., European, and world history. They also choose primary and secondary concentrations and explore these areas more deeply. A series of methodologies classes trains students to read closely, analyze and evaluate sources, conduct research, and communicate findings in writing and orally. Click here to see requirements for the History major.
Students role play and debate the new constitution for South Africa after the fall of apartheid in Prof. Fabian's course, Conflicts and Crises in African History.
The Social Studies Adolescence Education program prepares students for initial certification in Adolescence (grades 7-12) Social Studies. The major requires coursework in Education and in social studies disciplines. Majors take a sequence of field experience courses intended to develop pedagogical and classroom management skills. The program culminates in the student teaching semester, when majors teach social studies at the middle and high school levels. Click here to see requirements for the Social Studies Adolescence Education major.
For Black History month, the History Department sponsored an exhibit exploring the death of Emmet Till and the role this event played in the modern Civil Rights Movement.