Students in Hofstra University’s Department of History examine how people and events of the past have shaped the present and provide insight into the future, gain an appreciation for other cultures and civilizations, and as a result, develop a deeper understanding of themselves and the world in which they live. The program offers courses on the history of the United States, Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. History students sharpen the critical analysis and communication skills crucial for professional success. History majors have pursued successful careers in many fields including business, education, law, and politics.
History Department highlights include:
- A distinguished faculty of scholars with a wide range of research interests and expertise. Courses address many different time periods and regions. In addition, special topics courses are regularly offered; among the most recent are: “History As A Decision Maker” (with a focus on Martin Luther King), “Who Is Watching? The History of Surveillance” and New York City Before and After 9/11.
- Internship opportunities on Long Island and in New York City, in museums, historical societies, and government offices including the New York Historical Society, Theodore Roosevelt’s home in Oyster Bay, and in offices of the district attorney and the mayor of New York City.
- Co-curricular activities include a campus chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society, as well Hofstra’s History Society, whose members attend lectures and films and visit museums and historical sites around New York City and Long Island.
- An annual alumni dinner where history majors meet Hofstra history alumni to learn firsthand about their career options.