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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


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

History major Michael Zagari has been accepted into the Duquesne University School of Law this coming fall on a full academic scholarship! During his time at Brockport, Mike has played on the NCAA men’s ice hockey team and has won the Jack Crandall and Robert Griswold History Department Awards.

History major Gabrielle Brannigan received a scholarship to enter the MA program in Social Studies and Special Education at the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education.

History professor Jose R. Torre to direct NEH Landmarks Workshop for K-12 teachers. The Rochester Reform Trail explores Rochester’s nationally important antebellum reform history. This July, 72 K-12 teachers from as far away as California, Florida and Oregon will visit Rochester and learn why national figures like Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony chose to live and work for social justice in Rochester, New York.


Robert Marcus Memorial Lecture, Thursday, 4/14/16, 7:30 pm, McCue Auditorium (LibArt 104 A/B), Dr. Raymond Craib (Cornell University), Title: "The Cry of the Renegade:  The politics and poetry of subversion in Santiago, Chile"