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.
Why Study History At Hartwick?
Because you'll study history in upstate New York.
Hartwick College is a small, private liberal arts college located in Oneonta, a small, historical college town nestled in the Susquehanna River valley in the western foothills of the Catskills Mountains. Cooperstown, the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and the Farmer's Museum, a living history museum dedicated to preserving the rural heritage of nineteenth-century New York, is just 20 minutes away. Many of New York state's historic regions are within driving distance of Hartwick College, including Seneca Falls (site of the first women's rights convention), and Auburn (where Harriet Tubman's historic home is located). The history of Oneonta and its region, rich with connections to the American Revolution and nineteenth-century railroads, is celebrated at the Greater Oneonta Historical Society in the center of the city, on Main Street, a 15 minute walk from the Hartwick College campus.
Because our program will stimulate your mind.
The Hartwick history program will engage you in active, hands-on research, starting in your very first year. We take our mission -- to teach history majors to think critically about the past -- very seriously. Our major emphasizes student research and small seminars where students and faculty work closely together to analyze historical claims about the past. History majors are regularly challenged to test hypotheses about the past -- both their own and those of other scholars -- against the available evidence, which builds in them a keen sense of judgment. The crowning experience for all Hartwick history majors is the Senior Capstone/Thesis, in which they pursue their own, original research, in close collaboration with a faculty mentor, on a topic of their choice.
Because the Hartwick College History program provides the resources to help students succeed.
History students at Hartwick College benefit from an excellent array of resources to enrich their learning, starting with a faculty that is actively engaged in research and takes the time to listen to student questions, draw out student interests, and guide student growth and inquiry. The history faculty also has established ties with local and regional historical societies, museums, and graduate history programs at leading universities, which has helped students advance toward their career goals. Our students are able to gain valuable experience with archival research right on the Hartwick College campus, thanks to the Paul F. Cooper, Jr. Archives located in the Stevens-German Library. Hartwick's research librarians actively reach out to students to offer their expertise in supporting students with their research projects. The Yager Museum of Art & Culture is a treasure of a research and learning laboratory for history students interested in the preservation and exhibition of historic, cultural, and artistic collections. History students at Hartwick also have many opportunities to present their own research, both on campus at the annual Student Showcase and in the greater New York state area, at the Regional Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society conference. Hartwick's Nu Theta chapter of Phi Alpha Theta is very active and has hosted the regional conference twice in recent years.
The History Department participates actively in interdisciplinary minors such as Women's and Gender Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, U.S. Ethnic Studies, Environmental Studies and Policy, and Museum Studies. Students can enhance their appreciation of history through off-campus programs in Prague, London, France, India, Ireland, and other locations world-wide and in the U.S., or with a semester abroad. Directed studies on campus allow students to explore specialized topics in close collaboration with a faculty mentor. Independent studies often take place off campus in sites that range from the Baseball Hall of Fame in nearby Cooperstown to Australia and South Africa.
Because Hartwick College History graduates have gone on to a wide array of successful careers and graduate programs.
The strength of our program is in the many successful paths our students have pursued after completing their history degrees at Hartwick. As a classic liberal arts major, history prepares students for many, many professional fields. In recent years, our graduates have been accepted into Ph.D., Master's in Teaching, Master's in Library Science, Master's in Museum Studies, Master's in Divinity and Theological Studies, and Law programs at:
Albany Law School
Binghamton University (Master's in Teaching, Ph.D. in History)
Boston University School of Theology (Master's in Divinity and Theological Studies)
Rutgers University (Ph.D. in History)
The University of Buffalo Law School
The University of Pittsburgh (Master's in Library Science)
The University of Rochester (Ph.D. in History)
Virginia Tech (Master's in Public History)
In many cases, Hartwick history graduates were given full funding to pursue their studies in these programs.
Graduates of our history program have also gone on to establish successful careers in a wide variety of areas, including:
Assistant to the Chief of Staff for Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania
Assistant Curator of Historic Interiors at Colonial Williamsburg
Corporate RIM Archivist at Mylan
Human Resources at the Attachmate Group
Investigator at Project on Government Oversight
Office Manager at Atlantic West Effects
Sales Engineer at Amphenol Industrial Operations
Senior Manager of Communications and Policy at the Community Health Accreditation Program
Town Judge in Milton, New York
These are just a few of the ways that the successful professional paths taken by Hartwick history graduates show how versatile a history degree can be. Our program, with its emphasis on developing strong writing skills and critical analysis of data, prepares students to embark on a rich and diverse array of future careers.