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The Department of History
Lippman Hall 112
807 Union Street
Schenectady, NY 12308
(518) 388-6220
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History class: Tudor and Stewart Queens with Professor John Cramsie History Tudor and Stewart Queens with Professor John Cramsie


History comes alive at Union College. More than just a survey of data over the ages, our courses and seminars emphasize ideas and institutions across the globe and the continuum of time.

"Although I concentrated on U.S. history, I also took courses in European and Middle East history, and my professors connected the material with my political science minor. This was the perfect program for a history buff, and it left me well prepared for law school."

Alex Cooper '12

As a history major, you will gain an appreciation of the past and an understanding of the social, cultural and institutional developments that have shaped our world.

You will be introduced to historical methodology and the fundamentals of historical research and writing so you may imagine other cultures and eras, reflect on and comprehend human struggles, and become adept at assessing evidence and weighing conflicting interpretations of history.

Above all, you will learn to think critically, write persuasively, and analyze and solve problems – solid foundations for becoming a thoughtful, engaged, well-rounded citizen.  

The department of history is based in Lipmann Hall, home to many of our social sciences. Our classes are small, which allows for opportunities to interact with your professors on a personal level.

You will concentrate your studies in one of five fields of history:

  • African and Middle Eastern
  • Asian
  • European
  • Latin American and Caribbean
  • United States

Courses in special topics focus on global history; history of science, technology and medicine; public history; religion; and women’s and gender history.

To gain a global perspective beyond classroom instruction and discourse, you may choose from many terms abroad and mini-terms, including a full term abroad in Athens, Greece, and three-week mini-terms in India, Russia, South Africa, Spain and Thailand. The civil rights mini-term is a study-tour of key historic sites in the U.S. south, including Atlanta, Charleston, Birmingham and Selma. The Holocaust mini-term takes students to Berlin, Germany and several cities in Poland.