Take courses such as “U.S. Women’s History” and “African American History.”
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History at Marist: Learn From the Past for a Better Future
Study the past, make better decisions in the present, and create a better future. History majors at Marist gain real-world knowledge and skills by exploring global history to gain a greater understanding of the world. We connect classroom learning, research, civic engagement, and internships in order for you to apply the lessons of history to tomorrow’s world.
Take History Courses Focused On Your Interests
Marist’s History program offers students broad exposure to American, European, and Global history, and allows students to specialize in an area of interest.
Take courses like “Modern Latin America” and “Women in Asia.”
Sample courses like “Medieval Europe” and “The French Revolution and Napoleon.”
They often include courses like “Sex, Death, and Disease,” “History of American Feminism,” “Rock ’n Roll as U.S. History,” and the “FDR Seminar.”
Learn From History Scholars at the Top of Their Fields
Our History faculty are top scholars in their fields and have a diverse range of specialties. While they are active scholars, they also work closely with our students as teachers and mentors, often involving undergraduates in important historical research. Our small class sizes and close advising relationships mean that faculty at Marist get the opportunity to know you personally. Meet a few of our faculty members below, or view all of our History faculty >
Dr. Garabedian teaches American history, including popular courses such as "Rock ’n Roll as U.S. History" and “Introduction to Public History.” He is the Internship Coordinator for the History program and oversees the Public History Concentration. Dr. Garabedian's book, A Sound History: Lawrence Gellert, Black Musical Protest, and White Denial, was recently released.
Dr. Peterson is a European history specialist whose courses cover unique topics such as witchcraft and sorcery during medieval times. Dr. Peterson is the Coordinator our Medieval and Renaissance Studies program and she often takes students to conferences. Her new book, Suspect Saints and Holy Heretics: Disputed Sanctity and Communal Identity in Late Medieval Italy, 1250-1400 was published last year.
Dr. Woolner is an American history scholar who teaches popular courses like World War II and the FDR Seminar. Dr. Woolner is Senior Fellow and Resident Historian at the Roosevelt Institute, and he has published many books including The Last 100 Days: FDR at War and Peace. A frequent commentator on the links between the past and the present, his media appearances include interviews with CNN, the BBC, the History Channel, NPR, and more.
Professional Research Starts as an Undergraduate
Research is an essential pillar of our History program. You’ll have the opportunity to work alongside leading faculty researchers and to present your findings at professional conferences. In addition, you’ll be able to write articles for the Hudson River Valley Review, a journal published by our own Hudson River Valley Institute. Your research and presentations will provide invaluable experience, preparing you for entrance into graduate school and for your future careers.
Prestigious History Internships that Prepare You for the Real World
Whether through Marist programs like the Albany Summer Internship Program or the Tarver Summer Internship Program or through our partnerships with the Hansard Scholars Programme in London and the Washington Semester Program, Marist History students have a wide range of internship opportunities to focus their career paths. View some of the internship destinations our History students have utilized below.
Enhance Your Career Possibilities with Marist’s Academic Triangle
Marist’s liberal arts curriculum is so unique because of our academic triangle approach: we encourage you to complement your major with an additional major, minor, or supplementary coursework, as well as internship and research experience to round out your educational career. This trifecta enhances your academics, opening up a wide range of career opportunities after you graduate. Take a look at some real examples of how our History students have been successful with this method:
+ Economics Major
= Associate Planner, Colorassi & Williams Financial Group
+ Adolescent Education Certification
= Social Studies Teacher
+ French Major
+ Global Studies Minor
= Communications Associate, New York Civil Liberties Union
+ Philosophy Minor
+ Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Minor
= Director, State Immigration Campaigns, FWS.us
By choosing to major in history, I had the flexibility to study abroad and to participate in two internships. I was also able to engage in a wide variety of history and political science courses which have given me a deeper understanding of history. I feel that my experiences will help me to be a more effective teacher with a lot to share with my future students.
History Major, Political Science MinorRead Emma's Story >
The History Department is the best! It’s like a family. The professors are very invested in you, both as a student and as a person. Many of the classes I’ve taken focus on issues of race, class, and gender, and I find those topics so fascinating. I love modern history in particular because as a person of color, my story is more likely to be included in the narrative.
History Major, Latin American & Caribbean Studies MinorRead Sage's Story >
The History Department has influenced my life in more ways than they know. Marist is so good at providing students with avenues to seek guidance and the opportunities to discuss where you want to go in life. I’m so grateful for all the mentorship I’ve received and look forward to what’s next.
Dual Major History and Political ScienceRead Andrew's Story >
With this experience, there are many paths I can take now and many doors that will open.
History/Adolescent Education MajorRead Daniel's Story >
The Value of a Marist Education
At Marist, we pride ourselves on our dedication to providing our students with a well-rounded liberal arts education that prepares them for practical experience and profound success in their field. But don't just take our word for it - the numbers speak for themselves.