Undergraduate Catalog


Phone: 845-257-3545
Location: Jacobson Faculty Tower Room 916A
Web address: www.newpaltz.edu/history

The Department of History features an innovative and rigorous curriculum designed to train students in historical methodology, research skills, and critical thinking. We regularly offer more than 50 undergraduate courses on a wide range of topics that vary in scope from broad to specialized and vary in teaching method from lecture to discussion. Small classes enable students to hone both their written and oral abilities and permit faculty to provide greater individual attention. With the aid of advisors, students are encouraged to design curricula that are suitable to their own needs and interests in history and in complementary fields such as other social sciences, philosophy, literature, and art.

The study of history develops intellectual rigor, a keen understanding of the past, and skills that will further success in a wide variety of careers. Our graduates move on to the top law, graduate, and professional schools and have made their marks in the fields of business and finance, education, journalism, and government.

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