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History BA

(HEGIS: 22.05 HISTORY, CIP: 54.0101 History, General)

History

546 Park Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4130

Victoria Wolcott
Chair

Camilo Trumper
Director of Undergraduate Studies

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Why study History BA at UB?

Students in History courses explore the past from many perspectives, whether political, economic, cultural or intellectual, religious or social. Through the course of their career at UB, students learn what happened, and why. They analyze historians' debates, and develop the skills with which to become historians themselves, critically analyzing primary sources, the building blocks of historical research, and writing their own historical arguments and texts. Students interpret a range of sources, including, but are not limited to, published or unpublished written texts; film, photography and other visual material; and oral testimony. The recent explosion of digitized materials has made a vast array of evidence available to undergraduates in their study of change over time in human society.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge to:

  • Study distinct historical events and figures; interpret a range of social, political, economic, cultural, intellectual, environmental factors; identify the particularities of change over time.
  • Explain the influence of the past on the present.
  • Hone critical thinking and reading skills.
  • Synthesize complex historical information.
  • Construct sophisticated historical arguments and support these arguments with evidence.
  • Develop research tools: how to pose questions, obtain evidence, identify gaps in the historical record.
  • Assess and challenge historical narratives and viewpoints.
  • Display disciplined analysis of primary and secondary sources.
  • Compare regions and time periods.
  • Learn how to become a persuasive writer.
  • Cultivate oral communication: how to present research findings clearly, and analyze primary and secondary sources in discussion.

The Learning Environment

We are committed to providing a rigorous, top quality education for the next generation of scholars. Our students draw on their experience as historians in the next phase of their life, finding employment in academia, public history, secondary education, government and cultural organizations, publishing, and in many other contexts where history and its associated skills are valued.

Students read deeply in their fields while learning to create new knowledge, asking their own questions about the past, engaging in primary research, analyzing their findings and communicating their conclusions artfully and persuasively. Our courses range from large lectures to small, discussion-based seminars. They combine a variety of teaching methods aimed at helping students develop skills in critical thinking, research, and both written and oral communication. We also offer experiential learning opportunities, such as the public history internship, which can be taken for credit (HIS 496). In addition, our faculty works one-on-one with students involved in independent study (HIS 499) and the Honors Seminar (HIS 497).

About Our Facilities

The History Department is housed in Park Hall, and has two dedicated seminar rooms. The department also holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus, which includes traditional classrooms and lecture halls that can accommodate our program’s teaching philosophies.

About Our Faculty

The History Department includes faculty of national and international distinction in their research fields. Department faculty is deeply committed to teaching at all levels, from introductory courses to upper-division seminars. Many of its members have received teaching awards. Faculty teaching fields cover the globe and span the medieval period through the present. Faculty incorporates a diversity of approaches to teaching history, sharing the diversity of material, and oral sources available to scholars and students. They stress the importance of thinking historically, contextualizing rigorously, and through their teaching, help students build informed interpretations about the past.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the History department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Career Choices

  • Archivist
  • Biographer
  • Business administrator
  • Consultant
  • Counselor
  • Editor and publisher
  • Foreign service officer
  • Historian
  • Health care worker
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Market research analyst
  • Military officer
  • Politician or Public official
  • Professor
  • Researcher
  • Teacher
  • Writer

Alumni in History have found employment in the following fields:

  • Archival and library management
  • Banking
  • Civil service
  • Communications
  • Education
  • Government
  • Foreign service and the Military
  • Health Care
  • Investment services
  • Law
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Museums
  • Newspapers/media
  • Non-profits
  • Public relations
  • University teaching and administration

Salary Information

Salaries range greatly from one occupation, position, and work setting to another. According to the American Historical Association, in 2014 the median salary for a person holding a History B.A. ranged from $52,000-$62,000. Those with advanced graduate degrees, such as a law degree, earned up to $86,000.

Academic Advising

In conjunction with CAS Advising, the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) oversees advising for all History majors and minors. A permanent faculty member, the DUS is well suited to guide students through the major and offer advice on careers, graduate study, and professional development particular to the field of history. New majors are required to meet with the DUS when applying to the major, but all students are encouraged to consult with the DUS regularly and review their progress toward completion.

Academic Advising Contact Information

We recommend that interested students meet with the director of undergraduate studies (Park 574, 716-645-8422) to discuss their course of study and the program.

Scholarships and Financial Support

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. 

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.

Milton Plesur and Schoellkopf Awards for Study Abroad
The department holds a competition in the fall for spring semester study abroad and one in the spring for summer, fall, and full academic year programs.

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Published: Aug 16, 2019 13:20:49