Department of History


We are committed to racial justice. We deplore the killing of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Dominique "Rem'mie" Fells, Tony McDade, and many others. And, as a Department, we will work to promote and foster a community of learning based on diversity, inclusion, and justice. In this regard, the Department of History stands in support of the statement of the American Historical Association on History of Racist Violence in the United States. Indeed, the study of history can play a vital role in dismantling systems of structural racism and oppression. As a community of learners, our classes will continue to explore these complex and contested issues from a broad historical and global perspective.


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

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