The History Department at Hunter College offers courses in the history of the United States, the ancient world, medieval and modern Europe, Russia, Jewish studies, the Middle East and Islamic world, Latin America, Africa, East Asia and South Asia, as well as many comparative topics in political, intellectual, and world history.
The study of history involves asking searching questions about how diverse societies, institutions, economies, cultures, and belief systems emerge, change, and develop over time. Thinking through these issues provides perspective on human lives in the present as well. Training in historical writing and research enables students to understand the contemporary world. For undergraduate history majors, career opportunities are many and varied. Becoming a history teacher has long been a goal, but there are also positions of interest in government, publishing, media, communications, and business. Medical, law, and other professional graduate schools favor history majors because of their broad background in liberal arts and skills in analyzing the past in relation to the present. The study of history provides insight into the long record of human experience as relived in our minds and evaluated. It provides a heightened awareness of our distant and complex heritage and is therefore an intrinsic component of a well-rounded education.
Hunter History Department faculty participate in a wide range of award-winning research and teaching projects. Our distinguished faculty are involved in interdisciplinary efforts, including women and gender studies, human rights and international relations, religious and ethnic studies, art and music history, as well as college-wide undertakings such as the Macaulay and Thomas Hunter Honors Programs, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, and Hunter’s Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute. Professors frequently train Ph.D. students at the CUNY Graduate Center and are called upon to provide informed background and commentary on a variety of issues of public concern. They encourage History students to take advantage of some of the world’s greatest archives, libraries, and museums in New York City.
The Department currently serves over 200 undergraduate majors and about 100 M.A. students. We welcome your interest and invite you to learn more about our program and areas of study.
Professor Richard Belsky
Professor Jonathan Rosenberg
Professor Angelo Angelis
Professor Manu Bhagavan
Professor Daniel Hurewitz
Mr. John Jones