Degree: Bachelor of Arts
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.
Courses and requirements
Research is a staple of the Union academic experience. Your two-term history senior project involves independent research under the individual direction of a faculty member, typically resulting in a written thesis but occasionally in film or other forms of presentation. Students draw on the resources of Schaffer Library, which houses collections dating back over two centuries. Many students present at our annual Steinmetz Symposium research showcase. Recent presentation topics have included conflict in Syria, the Black experience in early- to mid-20th century Europe and the AIDS crisis’ effect on Hollywood.
Our students gain a global perspective through several international programs, including two faculty-led, three-week mini-terms focused on public history. Based in Cape Town, the South Africa winter break mini-term focuses on how the country's history has been represented after Apartheid. It includes visits to museums and memorials, townships, and environmental and wildlife reserves. On the Holocaust History summer mini-term, based in Warsaw and Krakow, students examine how the histories of World War II and the Holocaust have been memorialized and represented in Poland in the ensuing decades. In addition to touring memorials and museums, they help with historical preservation and visit Auschwitz and other Holocaust sites.
- Assistant Editor of Photography, Forbes
- Attorney, California Supreme Court
- Client services associate, Christie's, New York
- Co-founder and owner, DoubleJay Creative
- Connecticut state archaeologist
- History professor, Russell Sage College
- History teacher, Waltham Public Schools
- Physician, Albany Family Medicine
- Reporter, Long Beach Herald
- Sports video journalist, Spectrum News
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