Have you always been fascinated by the past? Are you inspired by the accomplishments of those who have come before you? Do you love analyzing evidence, unraveling mysteries, and imagining what could have happened? If the answer to all those questions is “yes,” you may be the perfect candidate for Buffalo State College’s History Program.
“I never really thought about what my identity was or what it meant to be an American," said Brittany Vesper, '15. “Seeing the diversity at Buffalo State while learning about different cultural identities made me more aware of people's differences."
John Abromeit, associate professor, is an intellectual historian; he studies the history of ideas.
“Populism as we understand it today emerged in the nineteenth century along with democracy,” said Abromeit. “It was the new idea that ‘the people’ should be the real rulers. The question becomes one of defining who ‘the people’ are, and how to appeal to them to obtain the mass support necessary to win an election.”
Buffalo State’s bachelor of arts degree in history program ensures both a knowledge and an understanding of the foundations of the development of humankind. It stimulates thinking about interaction of ideas, develops facility with written and verbal expression, increases confidence in articulating ideas, and encourages the critical awareness of self so important to an educated individual. Special emphasis is placed on the development of the abilities to analyze, synthesize, and communicate.
Plenty of colleges offer history programs. Why is ours special? Here are some of the reasons:
Many students who are considering the history program are concerned about practical uses for the degree. While it’s true that very few history majors go on to become professional historians upon graduation, they are hardly without options. History majors are qualified for careers that require a solid liberal arts training with an emphasis in history. History is a great foundation for careers in law, journalism, library science, public relations, nonprofit work, administration, and government service.
Graduates are prepared to work for agencies such as the U.S. State Department, Customs Service, and Immigration and Naturalization Service, and with businesses that conduct international trade.
History is also an excellent background for careers in communication because a knowledge of history lends a depth of understanding to print, broadcast, and web journalists.
Students who choose graduate school after earning their BA in history typically pursue advanced degrees in history, law, or related fields.
Common job titles obtained by history majors include:
Since Buffalo State is located in the Buffalo’s museum district and is near a host of historically important areas, buildings, and associations, our department offers numerous opportunities for internships and cooperation across historic Buffalo. Buffalo State history students have served internships at museums such as:
Buffalo State strives to provide students with hands-on learning opportunities that extend beyond the classroom. Some experiences available to history majors include:
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