College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
History : Major/Minor

Web Video Conferencing and History Discourse:
Dr. Gary Ostrower '61 uses Skype to allow his class to discuss the Cuban Missile Crisis with Pulitzer Prize winning author Martin Sherwin.

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Interdisciplinary and global
Alfred University's history program offers students a challenging and unique perspective because the faculty emphasize interdisciplinary and global learning. Students have an opportunity to take courses in a variety of fields, including

  • American social and cultural history
  • American political and diplomatic history
  • Ancient, medieval and modern European history
  • Middle Eastern history
  • North African history
  • Urban history
  • Religious history

In recognition of the merit of its history program, Alfred University has been awarded a chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor society for students and teachers of history.

Small classes
Small classes enable students to engage with teachers and peers in lively discussions and the opportunity to construct independent study courses, senior thesis projects, and study abroad programs, provides a well-rounded educational experience.

Professionally active faculty
Faculty members take pride in their active involvement in writing books and articles and participating in conferences around the world.

Successful graduates
The history major prepares students for graduate study and careers in education, journalism, law, government, libraries, archives, and historic preservation. We are proud that the history program has successfully placed graduates in these and other fields.

Major and Minor Requirements

History major
A total of 34 semester hours in history is required. Of these hours, 26 must be drawn from the 300 or 400 level, and the student must complete eight hours each in American history and non-American history at the 300 or 400 level.

Related study
A total of 12 semester hours from fields approved by the advisor.

History minor
A total of 20 semester hours in history is required. Of these, 12 must be drawn from the 300 or 400 level.


Dr. Emrys Westacott
Ph: 607.871.2217