• A Hartwick professor helping a student during class.
  • A Hartwick student using a microscope in the science lab.
  • A Hartwick professor discussing Botany with a student.
  • A Hartwick student using a microscope for research.

Why History?

Studying history at Hartwick will give you more than just a knowledge of the past; it will help you become an effective learner for the rest of your life. The course offerings and major requirements in history will cultivate your active and critical engagement in evaluating accounts of the past and its relation to the present. Whether you use these abilities to put current, global developments into a broader perspective or draw upon them to contribute to the vitality of your local community, your experiences in the history program will prepare you for life as citizens of an increasingly complex, dynamic, and inter-connected world.

The course work and other opportunities offered by the Department of History are designed to meet the needs and interests of all Hartwick's students, including those who plan to become professional historians or teachers, but majoring in history is also an excellent preparation for careers as legal specialists, politicians, business leaders, journalists, diplomats, activists, curators, and archivists. Departmental offerings provide students seeking a career in law with the skills to research effectively, write clearly and persuasively, construct a convincing argument based on available evidence, and the confidence to address a critical audience. Students pursuing certification for Secondary Education in Social Studies often major in history, and the department has designed a number of special courses to meet their needs.