Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

History BA - Academic Experience


546 Park Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4130
Victoria Wolcott
Carole Emberton
Director of Undergraduate Studies
(HEGIS: 22.05 HISTORY, CIP: 54.0101 History, General)

Academic Opportunities

Phi Alpha Theta is the national honor society for students in the field of history, with 860 chapters on college and university campuses across the nation. Membership is mark of intellectual accomplishment and commitment and brings with it participation in local, regional, and national Phi Alpha Theta events.

Undergraduate students must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours (4 courses) in History, achieve a minimum GPA of 3.1 in History and a GPA of 3.0 or better overall. A maximum of 3 credit hours of online, transfer or AP credits may be applied to the membership eligibility requirements.

Experiential Learning

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 organizations.

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.

Extracurricular Activities

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.

See the UB Student Association webpage.

Honors and Awards

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 award 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.

Departmental Honors

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.

Complementary Programs

Published: August 16, 2018 09:19:31 AM