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.
Brown Bag Talks
A monthly series of presentations by historians on a variety of historical topics and geographic locations. These range from fully polished presentations to discussions of works in progress. These talks occur on the second Wednesday of every month from 12:30-1:30 in the DuRoss Faculty Dining Room.
History Month Celebrations
Programs related to various history months. These range from a single talk and reception to a series of talks and/or trips or other activities related to that month’s theme.
These programs celebrate anniversaries of various events such as the Gettysburg Address@150, the Civil Rights Act@50, or WWI@100. They too range in coverage from single talks, to full-blown, day long symposia.
to see pictures and information pertaining to recent symposia
These are talks with small receptions on a variety of themes such as the foundations of English law and liberty or Halloween. We also have movie nights that are accompanied by discussions from experts. These have included talks by the New York State folklorist Ellen McHale and an academic discussion of iconic films like Godzilla.
The History Club
The History Club takes several trips each academic year. Past trips have included: Washington, D.C., Gettysburg, Sleepy Hollow, New York, and excursions through the Mohawk Valley corridor to explore the region’s Revolutionary War roots.
to find more information about the History Club and see pictures from previous trips.
These are semi-formal gatherings at which majors and faculty gather to socialize. History majors are offered the chance to meet the history faculty, administrators, department alumni, and other history majors.
Phi Alpha Theta
Housed in the history department, the Gamma Xi chapter of Phi Alpha Theta is one of the oldest student led bodies on campus. For more information,
to see the Gamma Xi chapter's official website.
at the Historic Fort Schuyler Club in Utica, New York
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
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
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.
Assistant Professor Kathryn Silva
earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts and her master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of South Carolina. Prior to joining UC, Silva was an assistant professor at Andrews University. Her academic interests include African American labor and gender history, textile history, African American film and 20th century United States.
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.
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.
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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