History Major & Minor


Hartwick students “do history” through interviews and research.

Hartwick history students get prepared to thrive in and contribute to the world of the future by engaging thoughtfully and critically with the world’s many communities – national, cultural, religious, and intellectual – as they have changed over time.

Our major emphasizes experiential learning, especially student research and small, interactive seminars. History majors emerge from Hartwick prepared to analyze complex situations, evaluate evidence, and craft an evidence-based account of the past – skills they will use to navigate through the dynamic, ever-changing future.

Where degrees in history can take you.

Exploring history, whether as a major or as part of a liberal education, engages students to question historical “truths” offered as justifications for current systems of power, inequality, or intolerance. This has taken Hartwick history students on to careers in law, education, the Peace Corps, non-governmental organizations, state and local government agencies, private consulting, and the corporate sector.

A closer look.

The history major offers courses in American, European, Latin American, and global histories, and challenges students to think critically from their very first course. Hartwick students “do history” by learning about and using the methods of historical investigation: they conduct interviews, research cultural traditions and material culture, study local history, and explore archival collections.

Beyond the basic.

Off-campus programs are fitting for students majoring in history. Students may select from programs as varied as a semester abroad in Paris, France or Florence, Italy, and more. History majors have completed many independent studies and internships, including working in a public defender’s office, curating a museum exhibition, creating an online exhibit for the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library, teaching English in Ukraine, and much more.

Putting history to work.

Hartwick history students are employed in a variety of interesting fields, and have gone on to further study at some of the nation’s most prestigious institutions.

Hartwick alumni work for:

  • Sophos
  • Mylan Pharmaceuticals
  • The Center for Regional Economic Advancement
  • The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
  • The Delaware State University Archives
  • The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University

Recent Hartwick graduates have been accepted to:

  • Albany University Law School
  • University of Buffalo Law School
  • University of Pittsburgh Law School
  • Binghamton University
  • Cornell University
  • George Washington University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Rutgers University
  • University of Nebraska at Lincoln
  • University of Rochester
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute

Meet the history faculty.

Hartwick’s dynamic history faculty research and teach in a vast range of areas, and draw students right into the heart of their inquiry.  

Chad Anderson
Visiting Assistant Professor of History
Ph.D., University of California at Davis
Areas of expertise:
Early American, Native American Societies, Environmental History
Cherilyn Lacy
Professor of History
Ph.D., University of Chicago
Areas of expertise:
Modern Europe, Women and Gender, Medicine and Public Health
Harry Bradshaw Matthews
Associate Dean and Director of History, Office of Intercultural Affairs, and Founding President
USCT Institute for Local History and Family Research, M.A., Northern Michigan University
Areas of expertise:
African-Americans of the Civil War through World War II, Family History Research, Anti-slavery Movement and the Underground Railroad
Mieko Nishida
Professor of History and Department Chair of History
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
Areas of expertise:
Latin America, Brazil, social history
Edythe Ann Quinn
Professor of History
Ph.D., University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Areas of expertise:
Contemporary America, U.S. Women, Race and Ethnicity, Civil Rights Movement, Immigrants and Immigration, Environmental History
Peter G. Wallace
Professor of History
Ph.D., University of Oregon
Areas of expertise:
Pre-Modern Europe, Renaissance and Reformation Europe, Nationalism and National Identities

Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program.

Ready to move faster? Get the full Hartwick history experience in three-quarters the time at three-quarters the cost. Learn more about the three-year program.


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