University at Buffalo Department of History

Welcome to the History Department.


History, a vital part of any liberal arts education, is an exploration of how people have lived, thought, and tried to make sense of their worlds. It is cross-cultural and multi-dimensional, addressing the breadth of human experience and uncovering patterns that are essential in situating ourselves in the present and preparing ourselves for the future. The History Department at UB offers a wide array of courses and stresses the development of research, writing and communication skills vital for many different careers. History graduates are well prepared to apply to professional schools and work in numerous fields, including business, law, government, journalism, librarianship, museum management, and teaching at all levels. In truth, the critical thinking and writing skills that are the hallmark of training in history are assets in almost any line of work. The study of history also equips people to understand their own lives in a larger context and to participate effectively in public life.

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Congratulations to 2013-2014 Undergraduate Scholarship and Award Winners

Milligan Scholarship:

Destiny Johnson
Senovia Cuevas


Plesur Merit Scholarships:

Cristian Andzel
Peter Malia


Plesur and Schoellkopf Study Abroad Awards:

Daniel Azzinaro
Yerin Seo


Plesur / Walker Study Abroad:

Brian Ash
Senovia Cuevas (with Plesur and Schoellkopf Study Abroad)


Horton Paper Prize:

1st place: Megan McInerney, “Indentured Servants in Seventeenth-Century Virginia: The Role of the Legislative System in their Collective Abuse”

2nd place: Ari Goldberg, “City of Homes: Parkways, Expressways and Olmsted in Buffalo, New York.”

Honorable Mentions: Kathryn Horn, “Roots of Tourism at Gettysburg: 1863-1913” and Suzanne Starr, “Perce

ptions of Welfare: How the War on Poverty became a War on the Poor.”




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