The history department offers a wide array of thematic courses on topics as diverse as law and the history of crime, death, religion and society, the development of states, military history and diplomacy, piracy, popular culture and sport, imperialism,
intellectual and cultural movements, gender, and the history of race in the United States and in the world. World, European, and United States history are all represented in course offerings that cover the medieval
period through the present. Skills developed in history - in research, critical reading, analytical writing, and communication - prove vital for many different careers. Students should contact the director of undergraduate
studies with any questions about current offerings.
The typical class size for: Freshmen/introductory courses is: 75-240 Senior level/advanced courses is: 15-35
In the History department, what do teaching assistants (TAs) do? TAs lead recitations in large surveys and teach independent courses with guidance and supervision from full-time faculty.
The history department includes faculty of national and international distinction in their research fields and many members who have received teaching awards. Full-time faculty are committed to teaching at all levels, from introductory classes through
the upper-division seminars. Faculty teaching fields cover the globe and span the medieval period through the present. Faculty incorporate a diversity of approaches to teaching history, using technology and sharing
the diversity of written, visual and material, and oral sources available to scholars and students. They stress the importance of thinking historically about the context of events and individuals of the past and through
their teaching help students make informed interpretations about the past.
We recommend that interested students meet with the director of undergraduate studies (Park 540, 716.645.8400) to discuss their course of study and the program.
Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities
Undergraduate Research and Practical Experience
Study Abroad The history department encourages history majors and minors to participate in study abroad programs. Study abroad is a natural fit for History students, giving them the chance to observe areas
they have otherwise studied and to engage with university students in another country. The department supports study abroad for majors with scholarships, outlined below.
Public History Internships Majors in History have the opportunity to undertake a public history internship - whether in Western New York or elsewhere. Through internships in museums and cultural institutions,
our students develop public outreach programs, lead student groups through projects, help to install and even curate exhibitions, and gain valuable behind-the-scenes knowledge of the operation of cultural and historical
Honors, Awards, and Scholarships
Honors Program The Honors Program in history offers students additional intellectual challenges, based on participation in an honors seminar and the production of a substantial thesis based on primary source
research. Students enjoy the reward of finishing a prolonged, independent project mentored by a faculty member. Majors who complete at least four history courses with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.33 (B+)
or who have a letter of support from a faculty member willing to supervise their project are eligible to apply for admission to the History department Honors Program. To complete this program, students fulfill the standard
requirements for the major, and a two-semester sequence of research seminars. These are Honors Thesis 497 I (seminar) and Honors Thesis 497 II (tutorial), in which students prepare a thesis of approximately thirty to
forty pages. Upon admission to the program, honors students are responsible for arranging with a faculty mentor to guide their thesis research and writing, normally completed in the senior year. Honors students may,
at the discretion of their mentors and upon approval of the directors of undergraduate and graduate studies, participate in a relevant graduate seminar or seminars. Honors students who complete the thesis and attain
a minimum GPA of 3.33 in the major will graduate with Honors in history.
Plesur Scholarships Thanks to a generous bequest from the late Professor Milton Plesur, the department offers an array of scholarships and awards. It provides scholarships to majors with outstanding records
in history and serious interest in pursuing the discipline and a career in history. The Plesur Fund also awards scholarships to majors who enroll in a recognized summer, semester, or year-long program of study abroad.
Horton Undergraduate History Essay Each spring the History department awards the John Horton Prize, named after a late faculty member, for the best essay written by an undergraduate in a history course
during the previous calendar year.
Bryan G. Argo Student Award History majors who are residents of Niagara or Erie County, are full-time students who also work at least part-time, have compiled an overall grade point average of 3.0, and
who exhibit family values and integrity are eligible to apply for this aware made each year through the generosity of the family and friends of Bryan Argo, a History student who was devoted to family and friends, believed
strongly in continuing education, and whose promising life was tragically cut short by a traffic accident.
John D. Milligan and Family Scholarships in Memory of Joyce J. Milligan History majors from underrepresented minorities with good academic credentials and good personal characteristics are eligible for
these two annual scholarships, one for a prospective junior and one for a prospective senior. These awards are made available through the generosity of John D. Milligan, a long-time History department faculty member,
his late wife Joyce, who served the department as a secretary, and their daughters Jacqueline, Elizabeth, and Polla.
Phi Alpha Theta The history department has a chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, one of the oldest honor societies in the United States. Phi Alpha Theta's purpose is to promote the study of history through the
encouragement of research, teaching, and publication. An undergraduate student must have completed at least twelve semester hours in history with a grade in all history courses averaging at least 3.1, and must have
an overall average of 3.0 in courses excluding history.
Students in history regularly attend lectures and presentations made by prominent national and international scholars invited to UB. Besides departmental-based lectures, the department collaborates with the Early Modern Reading Group, the Humanities Institute,
Asian Studies, the Graduate Group for German and Austrian Studies, the Center for Disability Studies, the Institute for Jewish Thought and Heritage, and other departments and groups on campus to plan a stimulating calendar
of events for students and faculty alike.