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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 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. Many graduates don’t necessarily become historians. As many Fredonia alumni can attest, the skills they’ve learned in this program are transferable to any profession.

The Fredonia Difference

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.

Career Opportunities for History

  • Non-profit directors & managers
  • Information management
  • Entrepreneurs and business leaders
  • Historian/archivist/librarians
  • Historian/archivist
  • Systems analyst


What does a 4-year degree look like?

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What are all the required and elective courses offered to obtain this degree?

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Sample Courses

HIST 100 Decoding History

This course is an introduction to the discipline of history, with special emphasis on developing the skills necessary to read, evaluate, and write different types of history.

HIST 201 Doing History

In this course, students learn the methods and skills of historical analysis and storytelling. They will learn how to do basic historical research; how to assess and interpret historical evidence; and how to organize and present historical information through different types of historical writing.

HIST 495 The Capstone Seminar

As the culminating course for the major, this course asks students to bring together all the skills and knowledge they have learned in their course work to complete a significant research project. It is a writing and speaking intensive course.

Student Story

Fredonia's History program prepared me with the research and problem-solving skills that are critical for success no matter what field you enter.

— Laura Hirst

Why History at Fredonia?


Our Ethnic Studies minor offers programs about African American, Native American, Latinx, and Multi-Ethnic history.


Students learn to tell stories about a complex world that is grounded in research, evidence, and analysis. They also learn how to communicate with diverse audiences in and out of the classroom.

Experience the world

Fredonia's courses enable students explore the complexity of the global past. Students also study abroad in places like France, England, Hungary, Russia, China, Spain, and Morocco, just to name a few!

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