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We believe that the study of human history is critical to global survival; the experiences of others serve as guides to present and future conduct.

About the History Department

We offer both a major and a minor in history.

While it is important for our society to have an understanding of history, the process of studying history is also an excellent way to train your mind. Exposure to rigorous historical method and clear narrative style develops conceptual skills, research competence, writing fluency, and sensitivity to the uses and abuses of language and historical knowledge.

Our curriculum is truly global in reach, including courses on African, Asian, European, North American, and Latin American subjects, and on contact and interaction between these societies. If you are a history major, we will encourage you to take courses in related departments and programs, while competence in at least one foreign language is also desirable.

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History Department Statement - February 2017

The history department values free inquiry, free speech, and diversity of both experience and perspective. We view these as fundamental to the liberal arts mission and necessary to the maintenance of a strong civic culture. At the same time, we are committed to certain core principles without which we cannot function either as educators or scholars.

Among these core principles is a respect for truth and facts. As historians, we are, of course, alert to the ways in which power and knowledge overlap and intersect. Questions of objectivity and subjectivity have always been central to our profession and craft, and there will never be a time when the writing of the past is not contested to some extent. There is, however, an important difference between informed debate on the basis of vetted and broadly accepted facts and defiant, dishonest speech that aims at rhetorical and political control.

“Post-factual” culture and contempt for truth are nothing new. Universities exist, in part, to manage and combat those impulses. To do so, we must commit ourselves to the methods of inquiry and habits of mind which are necessary to bring facts within our reach, where they may be freely interpreted and interrogated for potential meanings. This is and always will be the core mission of our discipline and department.

The rich contributions of immigrants to this country and university, both in the past and present, are a matter of fact. On that basis, we wish to state and affirm our support for the principle of free movement and for the rights of refugees and asylum seekers, regardless of their country of origin or religious faith. 

History Half Day Class Schedule
Meeting Times & Locations for Aug 29 2017

***Pastries in History Lounge, 3rd Floor Alumni, in the morning***
Subj/Crse/Sec Title Bldg. Room Instructor
HIST 101 A The Growth of National States in Europe (EU) Alumni 110 Douglas, R.
HIST 199 A History Workshop Alumni 331 Bouk, D.
HIST 313 A Upstate History (US) Alumni 209 Mercado, M.
Core 151 N Legacies of Ancient World Lath 212 Tomlinson, T.
FSEM 114 A Ethiopia Alumni 207 Etefa, T.
HIST 203 A Age of the American Revolution (US) Alumni 109 Hodges, G.
HIST 272 A War and Holocaust in Europe (EU) Alumni 110 Karn, A.
Core 152 B Challenges of Modernity Alumni 331 Bouk, D.
HIST 215 A American Foreign Relations, 1776–1917 (US) Alumni 208 Rotter, A.
HIST 338 A The Age of Absolutism in Europe (EU) Alumni 109 Harsin, J.
FSEM 189 A Immigration and Europe Alumni 107 Nemes, R.
HIST 233 A The French Revolution: Old Regime, Revolution, and Napoleonic Empire, 1770-1815 (EU) Alumni 109 Harsin, J.
HIST 340 A 20th-Century European Intellectual History (EU) Alumni 331 Douglas, R.
HIST/ALST 281AX Slavery and the Slave Trade in Africa (GL) Alumni 207 Etefa, T.
HIST 271 A The First World War (EU) Alumni 107 Nemes, R.
HIST 218 A The African American Struggle for Freedom and Democracy (US) Alumni 110 Banner-Haley, C.
HIST 199 B History Workshop Alumni 107 Barrera, A.
HIST 300 A The London Colloquium Alumni 331 Cooper, A.
HIST 320 A New York City History (US) Alumni 431 Hodges, G.
HIST 479 A Seminar on Problems in the History of U.S. Foreign Policy (US) Case 438 Rotter, A.
FSEM 107 A Challenges of Modernity Alumni 209 Mercado, M.
HIST 211 A Women’s Rights in U.S. History (US) Alumni 111 Mercado, M.
HIST/ALST 228 AX The Caribbean: Conquest, Colonization, and Self-Determination (GL) Alumni 208 Moore, B.
HIST 103A American History to 1877 (US) Alumni 110 Hodges, G.
HIST 318 A African American History: African Background to Emancipation (US) Alumni 331 Banner-Haley, C.
HIST 353 A History of the Modern Balkans (EU) Case 415 Nemes, R.
HIST 358 A Conquest and Colony: Cultural Encounters in the New World (GL) Alumni 107 Jeffres, T.
FSEM 106 A Challenges of Modernity Alumni 108 Karn, A.
HIST 210A Hist. of Hlth,Disease & Empire (GL) Alumni 110 Tomlinson, T.
HIST/ALST 377 AX History of Culture in the Caribbean (GL) Alumni 431 Moore, B.
PCON 345 A Transitional & Hist Justice Alumni 331 Karn, A.
HIST 399 A Reading Seminar: Histories of Twentieth Century Social Movements Alumni 108 Bouk, D.
HIST 475 A Seminar in African American History (US) Case 438 Banner-Haley, C.

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Department Contacts

Chair: Antonio Barrera
Administrative Assistant: Erin Conway (
Office: 330 Alumni Hall
Phone: 315-228-7511
Dept. Fax: 315-228-7098

Colgate University
Department of History
13 Oak Drive, 330 Alumni Hall
Hamilton, NY 13346-1398