Why Study History with photo behind text of corridor

Why Study History?    Cornell History offers the reader titles of articles that address this question and links to their rich content.

Why Study History & Careers for History Majors ~American Historical Association (AHA) offers several informative articles

Why Humanities Degrees May Set You Up for Life  ~the BBC

What to do with a BA in History ~ ties to a business career

Changing Course: The Flexibility of a History Degree ~By Kamarin Takahara, Guest Blogger for the AHA

Talking to Employers about your Degree:  The History Discipline Core on the Job Market~~American Historical Association (AHA) offers several informative articles


Photo of McGraw Hall in the Spring.

Student Opportunities and Resources:

SAVE THE DATE ~ History's Open House

  • Date: Monday, October 28, 2019
  • When: 4:30pm
  • Where: 437 McGraw Hall
  • What: Interested in History....come for more information on the Major, Minor, CHS, Courses that will be offered, the faculty!

All pre-1800 and non-US courses are included with the course descriptions in the Class Roster and Courses of Study.

  • Pre-1800 is now coded as HPE

  • Non-US is now coded as HNU (please note, beginning for the class of 2022 all majors will be required to take four of the nine courses from one each of five categories)

Fall 2019 Course Flyers

Honors Program

Cornell Historical Society

Graduate History Colloquium Series  - The graduate history colloquium is now offered as a 1 credit course (Hist 6006). The Fall 2019 series will meet on Tuesdays, 12:15-2:15pm, in B02 White Hall.

Historians Are Writers

Highlights of The Becker Alumni Lecture: Jordan Fabian (White House Correspondent, The Hill) "Trump, Year One: Observations of a White House Correspondent"(February 8, 2018)

If we imagine stepping into the corridor pictured, aiming for the open door at the end of the long walk, the door to our collective and individual futures, the door with its light of hope, how could we not want to know the forces behind us? The centuries of history which pushed us to the threshold and now shape every movement as we navigate the corridor between the present moment and yet to be imagined future.

— Anon