Department of History

Understand society’s past and train your mind for the future.


Students of history develop an understanding of the flow of human events. Along the way, they expand their ability to analyze, synthesize, and communicate — key skills in any endeavor.

Colgate’s curriculum is global in reach, and it encourages interdisciplinary exploration. Courses cover Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America, and the interaction between these societies. 


Department Contacts

Chair: Dan Bouk
Academic Department Coordinator: Kezia Lawler
Phone: 315-228-7511

History students use their strong research and writing skills in many professions: some teach, others go on to grad school… At the same time, many history majors get jobs in marketing, consulting, and finance. A history degree opens a lot of doors.

Robert Nemes Professor of History