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Department of History

Global Learning
Beyond the ancient ruins of Istanbul, participants in an interfaith trip to Turkey explored their own religious beliefs and perceptions. READ MORE

History Faculty
Compelling instruction and field-leading research. Meet our history faculty.
Academic Program in History
Our academic offerings will challenge you as a thinker, researcher, writer, and learner.  READ MORE
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.

Success after Colgate

Colgate alumni who majored in history are pursuing careers in a variety of fields. Check out just a few of the possibilities out there for our majors. READ MORE

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Department Contacts

Chair: R.M. (Ray) Douglas
Administrative Assistant: Diane English
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