History Major & Minor


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:

  • Project on Government Oversight
  • Delaware State University
  • Overlook Press
  • Oberlin College
  • Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
  • Mylan Pharmaceuticals
  • Class C Solutions Group

Recent Hartwick graduates have been accepted to:

  • Rutgers University
  • University of Rochester
  • Syracuse University
  • Emory University
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • University of Birmingham (UK)
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Tulane University
  • Binghamton University
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute
  • Albany Law School
  • University of Buffalo Law School

Meet the history faculty.

Hartwick’s expert history faculty look back while looking forward. They’re future-focused because they work closely with students who are meant for more. Students who will make a difference in the world of the future. Hartwick students.

Vicki Howard
Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin.
Areas of focus:
U.S. Business History; Gender and U.S. Women's History; Twentieth-century U.S. Social and Cultural History.
Cherilyn Lacy
Professor, Ph.D., University of Chicago
Areas of focus:
Modern European History; World War I; Medicine and Public Health Since 1500; European Imperialism; Women in Modern European History; The Indian Ocean World, 1300-1800.
Harry Bradshaw Matthews
Associate Dean and Director, Office of Intercultural Affairs, and Founding President, USCT Institute for Local History and Family Research, M.A., Northern Michigan University
Areas of focus:
African-Americans of the Civil War through World War II, Family History Research, Anti-slavery Movement and the Underground Railroad
Mieko Nishida
Professor, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
Areas of focus:
Colonial and Modern Latin American History; Slavery and Revolutions; Gender and Power in Latin America; History of Brazil and Mexico.
Edythe Ann Quinn
Professor, Ph.D., University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Areas of focus:
Modern American History; Environmental History; Race and Ethnicity; African-Americans in the North; U.S. Civil Rights Movement; The 1960s; Vietnam; The U.S. After the Bomb; U.S. Foreign Policy; World War II on the Home Front; Women in American Health Care.
Peter G. Wallace
Professor, Ph.D., University of Oregon
Areas of focus:
Reformation Europe 1450-1600; Medieval Europe; Early Modern Europe; The Renaissance; Republican and Imperial Rome; The Enlightenment and the Roots of Nationalism.

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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