History Program Description
Major in History


The major in history offers one of the broadest and most flexible liberal arts fields at Utica College. It is intended for students who seek an understanding of the human condition through its historical development.

Special Opportunities

Utica College has a student-run history club which is open to all students with an interest in history. The College also has a chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor society for history. Utica College's chapter, Gamma Xi, was chartered in 1950. Members receive the national publication, The Historian, and may attend national conventions held by the American Historical Association.


The history department at Utica College has four full-time faculty members and a number of adjunct professors. They include:

Associate Professor Sherri Goldstein-Cash (scash@utica.edu) earned a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in U.S. History. Professor Cash specializes in 19th century labor and women's history. Her research is on the Burned Over District of Upstate New York.

Associate Professor David G. Wittner (dwittner@utica.edu) holds a Ph.D. in East Asian History from The Ohio State University. Professor Wittner specializes in modern Japanese history, with a specialization in the history of technology in 19th century Japan.

Assistant Professor Peter DeSimone earned a Ph.D. and M.A. from Ohio State University and a B.A. from Grand Valley State University. Prior to coming to Utica College he was a Graduate Research Associate at Hilander Library and Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies as well as adjunct faculty at Columbus State Community College.


Utica College maintains seven academic computer laboratories on campus. These labs contain either IBM-compatible or Apple Macintosh computers. Classes are taught in some of the computer labs; all are accessible to any UC student during published hours. The labs are equipped with laser printers, and the computers have word processing, spreadsheet, and database programs. Student assistants and a Computer Help Desk provide any assistance that students need.

Career Opportunities

History graduates are prepared for fields such as social science teaching, all varieties of government service, and other careers requiring a liberal arts preparation. Students who pursue the minor in education are prepared for teaching at the secondary or elementary level.

Some students pursue graduate study of history. History is an excellent background for those contemplating professional training in law, library science, and similar fields.

UC Graduates

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David Byrd '93 is a historian for the United States Air Force Historical Research Agency, stationed at Maxwell Air Force Base, AL.

Bridget Brown '74 teaches social studies at Proctor High School in Utica.

Barrett Carson '71 is vice-president for development at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA.

Frederick Degen '70 is associate attorney for the New York State Department of Law in Utica.

"I always liked history, and that's why I majored in it. I've been teaching social science for 22 years. At UC, I had some fantastic professors, especially in ancient history, and in the subject area I am teaching now, global studies, my teachers were outstanding."
--Bridget Brown '74, Social Studies Teacher, Proctor High School, Utica

"To understand the future you have to understand the past. John Locke always preached that experience is the best teacher. You can learn through history to analyze and use the past. As you get into business or any career, it's a great background because it allows you to put things in perspective and teaches you a sense of chronological order and time management, [which are] important skills for business."
--Richard Holcombe '69, President and COO, Visionaries, Westborough, MA

Further Information

Contact Sherri Cash, Ph.D., Chair, History and International Studies at scash@utica.edu.


Sherri Cash, Ph.D.
History Department Chair
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