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.
Please make an appointment to see Dr. M. J. Heisey, chair of the History Department, in her office at 321A Satterlee. She 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 her 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. Heisey's office.
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.
The office is generally open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, M-F. Leslie Delosh, the department secretary, can be reached at 267-2556, or by email at email@example.com. She is also secretary for the Dance & Drama Department; she will often be working out of their office in Satterlee Hall 238 or in Dunn Hall 110. Ms Delosh will be able to inform you of the office hours kept by particular members of the history faculty.
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).
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.
Yes. Please contact Dr. Heisey (315-267-2558) to set up a conference to assess your situation.
Dr. Heisey will assign you a temporary advisor.
All history course webpages are found in Blackboard. 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.
You will be assigned an advisor when you declare your major or minor.