History FAQs

Where can I find examples of department-approved citation style?

Right here!

What can I do with a major in history?

One modern historian answered this hoary question in the following way. See Catherine Lavender's "What can I do with a History Major?" available at http://www.library.csi.cuny.edu/dept/history/major.html

To get a taste of the kinds of opportunities in various fields of history, see the American Historical Association at http://www.historians.org/pubs/careers/index.htm.

Further information on skills expected of job candidates in public history are covered in Philip M. Kutz, "Public History Employers--What Do They Want?" at http://www.historians.org/Perspectives/Issues/2003/0309/0309aha6.cfm.

How can I declare my major or minor in history?

Please make an appointment to see Dr. Thomas Baker, chair of the History Department, in his office at 321A Satterlee. He will assess your transcript, help you develop a plan of study in the major or minor, assign you an advisor, and answer, to the best of his ability, any outstanding questions relating to the study of history. Students in the School of Education with an interest in completing a degree with a social studies orientation are also asked to visit Dr. Baker's office.You can reach him by phone at 315-267-2078 or by e-mail at bakertn@potsdam.edu.

What about graduate schools in history, education, or museum studies?

A number of our graduates pursue advanced study in history-related fields. Those who plan to do so should contact their advisors or the department chair to discuss their options. Students interested in pursuing master's degrees in education should contact the graduate office of the SUNY Potsdam School of Education or other graduate programs.

What are the hours of the History Department office? How about faculty office hours?

The office is generally open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., M-F. Lynne Durant, the department secretary, can be reached at 267-2768, or by email at durantlm@potsdam.edu. She is also the secretary for Politics and Sociology. Her office is located in Satterlee Hall 311. Please contact Ms. Durant for faculty office hours.

How do I pursue an internship in the field of history or museum studies? What’s in it for me?

An internship in your field of study can give you valuable work-place experience, professional connections, and academic credit. Internships are offered in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Contact your advisor for advice or visit the SUNY Potsdam Internship Program in Sisson Hall S112 (x2863/2803).

How do I contact the student-run History Association?

Visit the Association's Webpage, or call or e-mail Dr. Axel Fair-Shculz, faculty advisor to the student run organization. (fairsca@potsdam.edu, (315) 267-2726)

When should I declare a major or minor in history?

You should declare your first major by the time that you have 60 credits (junior standing). You may declare at any time during the semester.

Can I transfer to SUNY Potsdam and major or minor in history?

Yes. Please contact Dr. Baker (315-267-2078, bakertn@potsdam.edu) to set up a conference to assess your situation.

What happens if my advisor is on leave?

Dr. Baker will assign you a temporary advisor.

Where do I find webpages for my history classes?

All history course webpages are found in Moodle. Many of our current classes have webpages, and visitors are welcome to browse under History to see our offerings. Students should log in with their SUNY Potsdam username and passwords, and visitors should click Course Catalog.

How do I get an advisor in the history department?

You will be assigned an advisor when you declare your major or minor.