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Department of History

Welcome to Brockport's History Program!

Whether pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree, you will join a community of faculty and students dedicated to personal and professional honesty and promoting open-minded, respectful dialog. The study of history lies at the heart of the liberal arts tradition, opening the world to all who engage in it. While learning, researching and writing about the past, students of history develop intellectual flexibility, breadth of perspective, and inquiring minds, essential preparation for participating in a vital community of engaged citizens. Undergraduate history majors interact with history graduate students in upper division classes, and are encouraged to consider continuing their education in our MA program. Brockport's history faculty aims to empower you as independent thinkers, researchers and writers, confident in your knowledge and in your ability to critically examine new information.

Equipping Students to Succeed...

Our faculty of teacher-scholars encourages students to develop the ability to:

  • read critically.
  • present effective arguments orally and in purposeful and persuasive writing.
  • transcend the boundaries of time, place, and culture in analyzing and understanding past peoples.
  • identify comparable situations, define appropriate categories of comparison, and draw substantive conclusions.
  • gain meaningful insights into the human condition from the study of individuals and societies.
  • recognize the constructed/contingent nature of knowledge.
Dr. Jose R. Torre,
Department Chair

Dr. Takashi Nishiyama,
Department Webmaster

Teri L. Rombaut,
Department Secretary
Department Phone: 585.395.2377
Department Fax: 585.395.2620

Last Updated 10/20/15


Our sincere congratulations to Matty Lynn Kuhar who won the 2016 School of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Undergraduate Award!

Dr. Alison Parker has been invited to be this year's Harriet Jacobs Lecturer at Purdue University. Her talk is entitled Mary Church Terrell, Black Women, and the Rise of the Democratic Party. 

Dr. Nishiyama has been invited to give a talk (title "Kamikaze Technology and Culture for War: Japan and the USA, 1941-2001") at the RIT.

Dr. Alison Parker facilitated significant donation of historical papers to Oberlin College and participates in its celebratory symposium on the life of racial justice advocate Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954).

Congratulations to Dr. Jose R. Torre on winning the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching!


History Forum will host Region 11&12 Meeting of the Association of Public Historians of New York State, on 4/30 (Saturday, from 9am to about 4pm) at McCue Auditorium (LAB104).

History Department Graduation Ceremony will be held in New York Room, Cooper Hall, at 10:30 am, May 14 (Saturday).