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History Program News

Check out Through the Wire, the UB history program blog.

Want to add a minor to your major?
Learn more about our minors. (Note that not all minors are possible to combine with every major.)

Thinking about law school?
Learn more about our Automatic Admit option through the UB School of Law.

Earn both your undergraduate and law degrees in a minimum of five years through the Law School Early Entry option to the UB School of Law.

Shorten your path to your master's degree.
Students who qualify may take up to 9 graduate credits, which apply to both the bachelor's degree in History and the M.A. in Legal and Ethical Studies. Contact us for more information or learn more about our accelerated options.

By studying the continuities that link the past to the present, you'll have a solid basis to deal with the rapid changes of the 21st century.

In addition to local history, you'll learn about American, Asian and European history, and you'll have the opportunity to take advantage of our unique specialization in public history. Via internships and independent research projects, you'll have an opportunity to apply what you've learned in the classroom to the world outside.

Though an undergraduate history degree is traditionally perceived as preparation for careers in teaching, business or law, UB's program encourages you to develop analytical, critical-thinking and communication skills valued in many professions, including:

  • advocate
  • analyst
  • archivist
  • communications specialist
  • critic
  • editor
  • information manager
  • journalist
  • marketer
  • planner
  • promoter
  • researcher
  • teacher
  • writer.

The major is also designed for those who want to continue their education in graduate school, studying the humanities, social sciences or other professional fields.

Also qualify to join UB's Tau Mu chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta International Honors Society.

Specialize in public history.

You can choose to complete the major's specialization in public history, which is the professional application of historical methods, skills, research and presentation in settings outside the classroom:

  • museums
  • archives
  • government
  • historical societies
  • living history sites
  • preservation groups
  • businesses
  • nonprofit organizations of all kinds.

The public history specialization combines standard history coursework with public history courses, seminars, independent research and an internship that allows you to gain practical experience in a variety of professional settings where historians work.