History Special Opportunities

Sierra Meads ’17

Sierra Meads ’17

Stacey Sickler '21

Stacey Sickler ’21



History majors also undertake internships in areas that relate to their academic field and future career goals. During the January Term, history majors have served as teaching aides, clerks at law firms, or as members of museum staffs. Semester long programs in Washington, D. C., Boston, Philadelphia, or New York also mix classroom experience in urban universities with internships in congress or other institutions in the public and private spheres. Recent internships for Hartwick history majors include working with the Foreign Service in El Salvado, The Franklin Dlenao Roosevelt Presidential Library in Hyde Park, N.Y., and The Archives for European Integration in Pittsburgh, PA.

Museum Studies Minor

By minoring in museum studies, history students have the opportunity to explore the Yager Museum of Art & Culture’s exceptional collection of Native American artifacts and local history.  History faculty work closely with Hartwick’s Museum Studies faculty, and Professor Chad Anderson’s “Native American Artifacts and their Stories” course is taught in the Yager Museum.  This hands-on experience provides students with valuable experience working with material culture and public history.  Research from these cross-departmental collaborations has prepared students to succeed in highly competitive graduate programs and professional careers.

Off Campus Experiences

The history department has offered off-campus programs in France, England, and the Czech Republic. Imagined Communities in France is a regularly offered off-campus program that explores the historical construction of the French sense of identity. The program’s director, Prof. Cherilyn Lacy, guides students on an exploration of the famed castles of the Loire River valley, the many museums and monuments of Paris, and the D-Day Beaches in Normandy. As the group visits historic sites that have been incorporated into the official, historical narrative of France, participants consider how the creation of a national history involves including some past events and excluding others.

History students can gain an appreciation of the world’s societies and their cultural, political, and economic heritage through excellent Off-Campus programs offered by our colleagues in other departments, including:

  • Art and Architecture of Rome, Florence, and Venice (January 2016)
  • Bolivia: Culture, Colonialism & Modernity (January 2017)
  • Language & Cultural Immersion in Cameroon (January 2017)
  • South Africa: Changes and Challenges (January 2017)
  • Cuba after the Castros (January 2017)
  • Czech Republic, Hungary, and Moldova (January 2016)
  • The Past Is Present: Service Learning in Hispaniola/Dominican Republic (January 2017)
  • Theatre in London (January 2016)

Semester-Long Study Abroad

History majors interested in a more in-depth study abroad experience have pursued semester-long programs at universities in Austria, England, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and Wales. One student was so inspired by her study abroad experience that she added French to her history major, which landed her a one-year position teaching English at the University of Nice on France’s Mediterranean coast. History majors have also used their semester abroad experiences to refine their interests for graduate study in history after Hartwick.

Emerson and Duffy Scholarships for Off-Campus Internships and Independent Study

Studying off campus can be a rewarding experience, but the question often arises: how do I afford it? For history majors at Hartwick, one solution is the Emerson and Duffy International Scholarships. The Emerson Scholarship provides up to $5,000 to support an internship outside the U.S. The Duffy Scholarship also provides up to $5,000, but the independent studies it supports can be in regions of the United States unfamiliar to the student, as well as in other countries. History majors have been given generous awards through the Duffy Scholarship to support a range of international independent studies, from studying Italian in Rome to doing photography in New Zealand and even delving into the history of the British Expeditionary Force in World War Two in the Imperial War Museum in London.

Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society

For over forty years, the history department has been proud to have a chapter of the national history honor society, Phi Alpha Theta. The organization has been part of Hartwick College since 1968 when Professor Emeritus of History, Leonard Pudelka, helped establish the local chapter, Nu Theta.

Phi Alpha Theta’s mission states, “we are a professional society whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. We seek to bring students, teachers, and writers of history together for intellectual and social exchanges, which promote and assist historical research and publication of our members in a variety of ways.”

Members are inducted by invitation and must have taken at least four history classes, have a history GPA of 3.1 or higher and an overall GPA of 3.0.

Hartwick members of Phi Alpha Theta have presented their research at the history honor society’s Eastern New York Regional Conference, most recently at Plattsburgh in April 2016 where six Hartwick students presented and two – Laura Cernik ’17 and Erica Stockman ’17 – won awards for Outstanding Paper.

For further information about Hartwick’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, please contact the faculty advisor, Professor Chad L. Anderson, andersonc2@hartwick.edu or the president of Nu Theta chapter, TBA.

History Club

Hartwick’s History Club promotes diversity and inclusion and welcomes all who are interested in history. History Club focuses on creating a space where all students can feel accepted and appreciated through their common interest in history. Contact Shania Speenburgh ’19 , speenburghs@hartwick.edu, History Club President, for more information.


Hatwick College Student Showcase Presentations

Erin Formosa ’18, “20th Century Native American Busts, Sculpted by Casper Mayer” (table presentation), May 4, 2018.

Sarah Grassi ’21,“The History and Controversy of the Hartwick College Seal” (table presentation), May 4, 2018.

Jaime F. Morales ’20, “Pine Lake: an Environmental Campus” (poster presentation), May 4, 2018.

Andre Washington-Flowers ’18, “The Legacy of Roy Rowan and the Lasting Effects of His ‘Homeless Bound’ Article” (poster presentation), May 4, 2018.

History Major Awards – Recognizing Our Students’ Achievements

The History department is proud to recognize the accomplishments of our students each year at Honors Convocation. It is a privilege to be able to nominate history majors for the following awards:

Andrew B. Saxton Undergraduate Fellowship: For a rising junior or senior history major with a good academic record. Saxton Fellows serve as undergraduate research assistants or tutors within the history department.

Frank E. Perrella ’50, H’93 Scholarship in History: For a rising sophomore and a rising junior who have demonstrated academic achievement and promise in the field of history.

Alban W. Hoopes H’83 Memorial Scholarship: For an outstanding junior history and international relations major with a good academic record and financial need.

Elizabeth S. Hoopes Memorial Award: For a history major who has an excellent academic record and is planning a career in teaching.

Faculty Scholar in History: For a rising senior history major who has demonstrated academic excellence, leadership, and strong character. The Faculty Scholar in History is eligible to be considered for the John Christopher Hartwick Scholarship.

Information about Honors Convocation awards

Graduate School Opportunities

Hartwick history graduates are heavily recruited by the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs MPA Program. Our graduates consistently standout and are actively engaged in all the Cornell MPA program has to offer. They are successful and have forged exciting careers in the public and private sectors.

The Cornell Institute for Public Affairs program requires: strong writing and communications skills, solid data analytical skills, and the desire to engage in the world to make it better. These form the foundation of a Hartwick College degree.

Visit the CIPA website for more information.