History Major & Minor

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.

Typically, graduates pursue careers as:

  • Historians
  • High school teachers
  • Archivists
  • Curators
  • Museum technicians and conservators
  • Paralegals
  • Lawyers


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of archivists, curators, and museum workers is projected to grow 13% from 2016-2026, which means there will be about 4,200 new job openings in the next decade. (U.S. BLS)


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:

  • Brooklyn Public Library
  • Cheongna Dalton Foreign School, Incheon, South Korea
  • Frontier Communications
  • Sophos
  • Mylan Pharmaceuticals
  • Norman Rockwell Museum
  • North Broward Preparatory School
  • The Center for Regional Economic Advancement
  • The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
  • The Delaware State University Archives
  • The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University

Recent Hartwick graduates have been accepted to:

  • Albany University Law School
  • Binghamton University
  • University of Buffalo Law School
  • The Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Studies
  • Cornell University
  • George Washington University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • University of Nebraska at Lincoln
  • University of Pittsburgh Law School
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences
  • Queens College, City University of New York, School of Library & Information Studies
  • University of Rochester
  • Rutgers University
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute

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.

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.

Meet the history faculty.

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

Chad Anderson
Visiting Assistant Professor of History
Ph.D.,University of California, Davis
Areas of expertise:
Early American, Native American Societies, Environmental History
Kyle Burke
Assistant Professor of History and Peace & Conflict Studies Co-Coordinator
Ph.D., Northwestern University
Areas of expertise:
modern US and global history; war and society; radicalism and political violence
Cherilyn Lacy
Professor of History & Coordinator of Public Health Program
Ph.D., University of Chicago
Areas of expertise:
Modern Europe, Women and Gender, Medicine and Public Health
Mieko Nishida
Professor of History and Department Chair
Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University
Areas of expertise:
Latin America, Brazil, social history

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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