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:
- High school teachers
- Museum technicians and conservators
Putting history to work
Hartwick alumni at work.
Hartwick history students are employed in a variety of interesting fields. They work for:
- Brooklyn Public Library
- Cheongna Dalton Foreign School, Incheon, South Korea
- Frontier Communications
- 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
Alumni in graduate school.
Recent Hartwick graduates have gone on to further study at some of the nation’s most prestigious institutions:
Albany University Law School
University of Buffalo Law School
The Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Studies
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
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.
Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program
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