History Department

Hartwick art history students in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City

History Department Overview

Why study history at Hartwick?

Because you’ll study history in upstate New York.

Hartwick College is a private liberal arts college located in Oneonta, a historical college town nestled in the Susquehanna River valley in the western foothills of the Catskills Mountains. The department offers students a wealth of regional historical resources, including:

  • The Greater Oneonta Historical Society
  • Hartwick College’s own Yager Museum of Art and Culture and Paul F. Cooper, Jr. Archives
  • The National Baseball Hall of Fame, the New York State Historical Association, and the Farmer’s Museum in Cooperstown (25 minutes away)
  • The Harriet Tubman Home in Auburn and the Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls (2.5 hours away)

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. Our major emphasizes student research and small seminars where students and faculty work closely together to test historical assumptions about the past. This helps Hartwick history majors develop a keen sense of judgment, which they use to conduct their own, original research for the crowning experience for all Hartwick history majors, the Senior Capstone/Thesis.

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.

Whether on the Hartwick College campus or in the surrounding region, history majors can find excellent internship opportunities at historical societies, archives, museums, and community organizations that will help them cultivate professional skills, experience, and networks.

Because the Hartwick College history major program prepares you for a variety of careers.  Read more about careers for history majors from the American Historical Association.

Please note: Hartwick College focuses on offering fall, January, and spring term undergraduate courses in person, however circumstances may require us to offer a small number of courses in this department through distance education. In times of emergency, following regulatory guidelines, all classes may temporarily need to be delivered through distance education, including online. We also offer a slate of courses online in the summer to help our students make progress towards their degrees. With support from an academic advisor, students needing particular courses may have other online options as well. If you have questions about the way courses are delivered in your program, please contact your Department or Program Chair.

Exciting Student Outcomes

Hartwick history students complete research and internships and are well-prepared for employment or graduate school.

Internships & Research

Duffy Family Ambassador Scholarship
“Afro-Cuban Women’s Perception of Race and Gender” (Cuba, Summer 2016)
Safay P. Johnson, ’17

Cyrus Mehri ’83 Global Pluralism Fellowship
“Historical and Cultural Diversity of the Caribbean” (2016-2017)
Safay P. Johnson, ’17

Graduate School

M.A. Program, Library Science, Queen’s College, City University of New York
Elizabeth Brown-Vaughan ’16

Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Studies
Alexa Wichowsky ’16

Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Studies
Karl Wietzel ’17


Tier 3 Facilities Assigner, Frontier Communications
Joseph Corey ’14

History Teacher, Catholic Central High School (Tory, New York)
Nicholas Novotny ’16

History Requirements

Ready to be a History Major? Here’s what it takes.

History Major and Minor

History Courses

History courses at Hartwick emphasize active student learning through discussion, group work, peer evaluation, individual presentations, interviews, and analysis of written and material evidence. Through course offerings in American, Latin American, European, and Global histories, the History Department engages students with diverse cultural, intellectual, political, and religious communities that have shaped the world we live in.

Current Course Offerings

Special Opportunities

History students at Hartwick have many opportunities to conduct and present their own research, study history abroad, or complete internships.

More About Special Opportunities

History Faculty

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

Meet our History Faculty

Still Have Questions?

Contact the History Department