Welcome to the History Department.
Please visit our prospective student pages for information regarding our
Master's or Doctoral programs.
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.
Find out what's happening in the UB Department of History!
Congratulations to 2013-2014 Undergraduate Scholarship and Award Winners
Plesur Merit Scholarships:
Plesur and Schoellkopf Study Abroad Awards:
Plesur / Walker Study Abroad:
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.”