Why Choose Nazareth for History?

History thrives in the memories of a Holocaust survivor and a German WWII soldier — both recent guest lecturers. It's experienced through internships at local museums. It's found in unforgettable experiences such as our study abroad program in Asian studies, where students spend a summer in China.

The history degree program at Nazareth College is the study of human experience across time, an examination into the patterns of politics and power, and an exploration into past lives. But most important, history at Nazareth is relevant — a living experience that provides perspective and a global world view.

Program Highlights

  • Close-knit, lively interaction between students and faculty, with healthy cross-pollination of ideas among the different majors. Here, 80% of students say they meet with and talk to faculty outside of class weekly, and 93% of history majors are regularly in contact with peers for collaboration, assistance, and friendship.
  • Emphasis on writing, analysis, research, and critical thinking.
  • Focus not just on historical events, but how they are interpreted and communicated — history in film versus the written word, for example.
  • A prestigious National Endowment for the Arts Teaching American History grant has further enriched the teacher/student experience.
  • Options include becoming an elementary or middle/high school teacher.

Contact Information

Timothy Kneeland

Timothy Kneeland

Director in Center for Public History
Professor and Chairperson in History & Political Science
Golisano Academic Center 454

Education: B.A. and M.A., SUNY Buffalo; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Oklahoma

Areas of Academic Interest: American politics, political history, public history, history of science and medicine, African-American history, and women's history.

Read more about his interest in politics and American culture in Dr. Kneeland's Life of the Mind article.

Media expert: TV interview on Pope Francis' historical address to the U.S. Congress.

Kristen Vitale interned at the rare books library at University of Rochester

Well prepared for her goals

“The history program at Naz concentrates on historiography – the history of history, by studying the works of other historians and the documents and methodology they used. Nazareth prepared me so well for graduate school. History courses are writing intensive. The Naz professors really refine your writing and make it reach its peak. Being a good writer means being a good reader and speaker, which is important for your studies, for your career, and for reaching your goals in everyday life.” — Kristen Vitale ’15, shown at her Naz internship at a rare books library. She went on for a master’s degree in medieval and modern European history.

Example Careers

  • International business
  • Government diplomacy
  • Law
  • Education
  • Policy analyst
  • Museum archivist
  • Public historian

Internships/Field Experiences

  • Monroe County District Attorney’s Office
  • Nelson Mandela School, Berlin, Germany
  • Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
  • National Congress of American Indians, Washington, DC

Graduate Schools/Employers

  • Cornell University
  • Villanova University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • New York University
  • George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film
  • Office of Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY)
Timothy Thibodeau, professor in history degree program, history major at Nazareth College NY

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Timothy Thibodeau

"I thrive on the challenge of presenting what I study in a creative and timely manner, making it applicable to our own world and lived experiences."