History (BA)

Program Overview

History is one of the most respected departments in Harpur College of Arts and Sciences. Our faculty thrive in scholarship and teaching. Our curriculum explores human societies over time and across the globe while preparing students to conduct their own historical research. Our courses explore everything from the history of the modern U.S. to the history of ancient China, and many classes cut across geographic boundaries to address such questions as women and gender history, imperialism, environmental history, and the history of science, technology and medicine. We train our students to think critically about how knowledge is produced and disseminated, and also to convey their insights and discoveries in a concise and clear manner.

Degrees Offered

  • BA in History

Internships, research opportunities and more

All History majors and minors take a senior seminar in which a history professor advises them as they conduct their own historical research. History majors can also pursue independent study in the research area of interest to them in consultation with a faculty member. All students are welcome to submit their history papers to the student-edited Binghamton Journal of History for publication. Students should also watch for opportunities to enroll in a faculty-led study abroad program to such locations as Greece, Turkey or France. Many History courses also offer scope for student research or community engaged and service learning work. Students may also sign up for an internship which enables them to earn Harpur credit for field experience at a local museum or research library. For further help in finding internship, service learning, and study abroad opportunities in history, visit the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development, the Center for Civic Engagement and the Office of International Education and Global Initiatives.

The department is also a member of Phi Alpha Theta, a professional society whose purpose is to promote the study of history. We hold a ceremony to induct new members and celebrate student award winners each spring.

Coursework

Some courses to consider in your first year:

After You Graduate

Our students have gone on to successful careers in a variety of fields including business, administration, law, government and higher education.