• A Hartwick student using a microscope in the science lab.
  • Hartwick students giving a presentation in front of the class.
  • A Hartwick student using a microscope for research.
  • A Hartwick professor helping a student during class.


What is this major?
Hartwick's History program--courses, opportunities for individual study, off-campus experiences--is intended to heighten students' understanding of the complexities of the cultural roots of contemporary America and the historical forces that have produced the increasing interdependency of cultures across the globe. Exploring history, whether as part of a liberal education or as a major, engages students to question the historical 'truths' offered as justifications of current systems of power and inequality. Students also learn to analyze information critically and to test generalizations (including their own). Departmental offerings cover American, Latin American, European, and Global histories. Classroom experience emphasizes active student learning through class discussion, group work, peer critiques, and individual presentations.

What can I do with this major?

Bachelor's Degree/Entry Level Further Education/Experience Required
  • history teacher
  • assistant museum curator
  • legislative correspondent
  • political editor
  • legal assistant
  • management trainee
  • research consultant
  • archivist
  • librarian
  • lawyer
  • foreign service officer
  • art historian
  • historic site administrator
  • professor
What skills will I improve/gain?
Explaining ideas, interpreting events and ideas, writing and presenting information, examining evidence, analyzing ideas and information, developing a world view, explaining the present by referring to the past, decision-making, seeing relationships between factors

Who employs graduates from this major?
Most History majors are employed in business or education. Other employers include magazines/newspapers, state/federal government, research foundations, libraries, communications media, historical societies, archives, antique dealers, public/private schools, and travel/tourism.

What is special about this major at Hartwick?

  • January Term trips to Prague and France
  • Classes are active
  • Graduates have gone on to James Madison Law, University of Houston, Albany Law, Syracuse University, University of Michigan
  • Internships at the Baseball Hall of Fame and as a foreign service officer, which included four months in the El Salvador Embassy

Visit the History Department Web page.

Department Chair
Edythe Ann Quinn, 607-431-4883, quinne@hartwick.edu

Undeclared Contact
Edythe Ann Quinn, 607-431-4883, quinne@hartwick.edu

Major Connections Contacts
Please contact the Department Chair by e-mail to ask for the names of a few upper-level students you can contact.

Why contact upper-level students? These students can be a good resource to learn what a major is like, what careers are typical, what the professors are like, or even to learn what helped them to decide on this major.