History is the study of the development of ideas and events that shape the growth of people and institutions.

History majors are prepared for careers in business or government, and for graduate study in history or law. Social Studies Education majors are prepared to teach social studies, including history, in both middle and high schools.


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Buffalo State’s history program ensures both knowledge and an understanding of the foundations of the development of humankind, and social studies weaves history, government, world geography, and civics to help students become more well-rounded and globally engaged citizens.

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Involved Students

From internships to research to student organizations, history and social studies students are committed to being involved in their academic endeavors and their community.

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Faculty of Distinction

Our faculty members have always been active scholars and teachers, publishing scholarly works, presenting at professional conferences, and earning grant funding for a wide variety of initiatives. Our faculty has been recognized over the years by winning numerous SUNY and Buffalo State President’s Awards in the areas of scholarship, teaching, and student mentoring.

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Orosz Speaks in Jerusalem on British Mandate in Palestine

Ken Orosz, professor of history, recently traveled to Jerusalem at the invitation of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities to take part in a conference providing global context on the British Mandate in Palestine. Orosz’s expertise in French colonial Africa demonstrated that British and French colonial policies in the 1920s and 1930s were not that different.

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