Department of History

  • Emmett Till exhibition in the Reed Library
  • Underground Railroad
  • 'Conflicts and Crises in African History' class participate in a role playing game about the end of apartheid
  • Senior Capstone student conference
  • Museum Studies internship
  • History Club Gettysburg
  • History Club field trip to Buffalo Inner Harbor



Student News

History major Rebekah Denz receives internship at National Archives

Congratulations to History major Rebekah Denz who received an internship at the National Archives.  Read more here!


History students receive recognition at Phi Alpha Theta conference

Congratulations to History majors Joseph Marsala and Austin Parr for winning recognition at the Phi Alpha Theta conference.  Read more here!


History at The State University of New York at Fredonia is committed to helping students develop the skills to analyze historical events, as well as the tools to apply that knowledge to understand the contemporary world and to plan for the future. History is by nature cross-cultural, international, and interdisciplinary. History and Social Studies Education majors at Fredonia learn to connect the present and the past, the local and the global; to create and communicate new knowledge through their research and writing; and to engage constructively with their profession, their communities, and the world.

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.

At Fredonia, students “do history” by conducting original research, analyzing sources, developing arguments, and communicating their findings. Students have opportunities to engage in service learning, internships, scholarly conferences, and study abroad as a way to develop and promote the skills and competencies they will need for work and life in a complex, global community.

There are a lot of the opportunities available in the Department of History at Fredonia. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email the department chair Dave Kinkela at


Background Image: Procession, Unidentified Artist Chinese, late 19th century, Handscroll; ink and color on silk, Metropolitan Museum of Art (Public Domain)

History Department Office

E332 Thompson Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3277
(716) 673-3332 fax