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For more information, please contact the Chair of the History Department:

Dr. Phillip G. Payne
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(716) 375-2460
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What Can I Do With This Major?

2015 graduate Joseph Pinter presents his history research at the Arts & Sciences Exposition, an annual celebration of exceptional mentored work by students in the School of Arts & Sciences.


Let the past make your future

At St. Bonaventure University, history students explore the world with highly qualified professors. Our students get the best of both worlds, professors who are dedicated teachers and accomplished researchers.

You learn in small classroom settings,
working closely with engaged faculty who have published numerous books and articles. Discover history with faculty who have written on and explored it in depth.

Doing History

History majors do hands on work in class and with internships at the Friedsam Library, the University Archives, and the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Internships are available at local historical societies. We have also had students intern in Washington, D. C. and Buffalo, N. Y.

At Bonas our students create history for the digital age in a dedicated class, History 419: Digital History and Archival Practices. Working in the University Archives and closely with faculty and archivist, students turn historical research into products for the digital age. Many of our classes are digitally enhanced, taking advantage of what the information age has to offer.

In Methods and Historiography students learn the craft of historical writing.

The First Year Seminar and Advanced Reading Programs allow students to dig deeply into a subject. Students have a chance to showcase their research at the annual Arts & Science Fair or at local history conferences. Students also participate in the History Club, where they organize group visits to historical sites in the area.

Participate in the History Club and join Phi Alpha Theta, the International Honor Society in History.


A student can fashion his or her individual course of study. Students can pursue a second major, a minor, and the Honors Program.

Our Courses

We offer a wide variety of courses. Students can learn about many aspects of history, including:

  • World History 
    • Asian 
    • European
  • Popular Culture 
    • Film 
    • Science Fiction 
  • Military and Diplomatic 
    • American Revolution 
    • French Revolution and Napoleon 
    • World War II 
    • U.S. and the World 
  • United States
    • Early America
    • American Presidents
    • Twentieth Century
    • Recent History
    • African-American
  • Public and Digital

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Students make
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Class builds educational game based on experiences of Olean Civil War regiment.

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