When you major in History, you gain a deep understanding of the past and how it shapes the present and future. You’ll study American and world history in several contexts, developing the critical thinking and analytical skills you’ll need for a successful career in teaching, government, community activism, business or law.
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What you’ll study:
American history, global history, writing.
What you can do:
Become a teacher, public servant, politician or lawyer.
- You’ll have an opportunity to intern your junior and senior years.
- The History program allows students to get to know their professors, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 8:1.
- History is a good fit if you’re a curious thinker.
You could be …
A historian: Median pay $55,110 per year. Historians research, analyze, interpret and present the past by studying historical documents and sources. Think museums and archives!
A political scientist: Median pay $114,290 per year. Political scientists study the origin, development and operation of political systems. They research political ideas and analyze governments, policies, political trends and related issues.
A teacher: Median pay $55,490 per year (elementary school). Teachers help build skills and knowledge that prepare them well for the future.
A curator: Median pay $47,230 per year. Curators oversee collections of artwork and historic items and may organize public service activities for a museum or similar institution.
A lawyer: Median pay $118,160 per year. Lawyers advise and represent individuals, businesses and government agencies on legal issues and disputes (requires a law degree and passing the bar exam).
(Source: bls.gov and payscale.com)
Ph.D. in Caribbean and Latin American History, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Masters in Military and Diplomatic History from Temple University
B.A. in History from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez
G.E.D. from the Departamento de Instruccción Pública de Puerto Rico
What I teach:
- Global History I and II
- Introduction to Latin American and Caribbean Studies
- Writing History
- Change Reform and Revolution in the Americas
Professor Fanqui-Rivera specializes in Puerto Rican, Caribbean, Latino and Latin American History focusing on the 19th and 20th centuries. Among other interests he studies the condition of Puerto Rican veterans and service members and their impact in society; the role played by military service and institutions on nation-building projects and in the development of national identities; imperial-colonial relations, race, gender, class, and nation. He's also involved in Oral History and Digital Humanities Projects and in the production of short documentaries. He has several academic articles on these topics and two forthcoming books: Soldiers of the Nation: Military Service and Modern Puerto Rico, 1868-1952. University of Nebraska Press. Fighting on Two Fronts: The Experience of the Puerto Rican Soldiers in the Korean War. Centro Press. He is a published author, public intellectual, cultural critic, and blogger. He blogs and publishes in academic and news outlets such as the Huffington Post, Centro Voices, Latino Rebels, 80 Grados, Focaal, Process: A Blog for American History, and U.S. Studies Online. He served for over a decade in the U.S. Army and the National Guard and Reserve. His academic work can be found at http://www.academia.edu/. “History is not a Walt Disney production.” HFR
Laura Warren Hill
Ph.D., US and African American History. Binghamton University, 2010
Dissertation: Strike the Hammer While the Iron is Hot: The Black Freedom Struggle in Rochester, NY, 1940-1970
M.A. US History. The State University of New York College at Brockport, 2001
B.A. History and English. Minor in Women's Studies. The State University of New York College at Geneseo, 1998
What I teach:
- US History I and II
- African American History I and II
- Intro to Africana Studies
- Food History and Contemporary Food Issues
- The Global Black Power Movement
- The Civil Rights Movement and Women in the Civil Rights Movement
- Social Policy and the Poor
- Writing History
- Senior Capstone
Laura Warren Hill is an Associate Professor and the Coordinator of the History Department. She specializes in African American History and Africana Studies and teaches classes that focus on the history of race, gender, class, and social movements. She is currently working on a book entitled, Strike the Hammer While the Iron is Hot: The Black Freedom Struggle in Rochester, NY, 1940-1970 (Cornell University Press). Her past publications include an edited collection, The Business of Black Power: Community Development, Capitalism, and Corporate Responsibility in Postwar America and several articles on Malcolm X in Rochester, NY. Professor Hill encourages all students to take classes in History and Africana Studies so they might better understand the course of their own lives.