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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. Owen S. Ireland,
Department Chair
Teri L. Rombaut,
Department Secretary
Department Phone: 585.395.2377
Department Fax: 585.395.2620

Last Updated 5/28/13


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.

Dr. Takashi Nishiyama has published a book, Engineering War and Peace in Modern Japan, 1868-1964 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014).

Dr. Takashi Nishiyama was interviewed by Mainichi, a major national newspaper in Japan, for the Oct. 3, 2014, issue.

The department hosted an NEH Workshop, Rochester Reform Trail, for K-12 teachers in July 2014.

History major Amy Freeman has published an article on the Eastman Dental Dispensary in the Democrat and Chronicle.

Dr. Takashi Nishiyama was interviewed by Yomuiri, a major national newspaper in Japan.

Dr. Ken O'Brien has been named a SUNY Provost Fellow for the 2013-2014 year.

Dr. Bruce Leslie has been named a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor.


The Malik Lecture will be held on Thursday, February 12, 2015, at 7 pm at the Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage.

The Robert Marcus Lecture will be held on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at 7:30 pm in the lecture hall (room 104) of the Liberal Arts Building.