Why Choose Nazareth for History?

Expert full-time faculty committed to your learning and success, exciting opportunities for you to do experiential learning, and strong mentorship across your years at Nazareth prepare you well for life after college.

Take innovative classes, such as Natural Disasters, Alcohol in American Society, Joan of Arc, History of Medicine, and History of Crime in Latin America. Pursue research and become our next award-winner presenter at regional conferences through our active Phi Alpha Theta chapter. Learn and make connections through internships and study abroad, including our long-standing program in Berlin, Germany that includes a professional internship.
Use your studies to shape a career in teaching, international business, government, law, policy analysis, museums or public history. Multiple recent alums have gone on for fully funded advanced degrees.

Program Highlights

  • Close-knit, lively interaction between students and faculty, with healthy cross-pollination of ideas among the different majors. Expect to talk to faculty outside of class and to collaborate with peers.
  • 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.
  • Options include becoming an elementary or middle/high school teacher.
  • You have the opportunity to save time and money on a law school degree through Nazareth's 3+3 B.A. to J.D. partnership with Syracuse University.

Contact Information

Timothy Kneeland

Timothy Kneeland

Professor and Chairperson
585-389-2649
tkneela8@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 454
Additional Positions:
Director in Center for Public History
Bio

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.

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Kristen Vitale, alum of the history major, bachelor of arts degree at Nazareth College Rochester NY

Well prepared for her goals

“The history program at Naz concentrates on historiography by studying the works of other historians and the documents and methodology they used. Nazareth prepared me so well for graduate school. 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, has taught at Manchester Community College in Connecticut, has worked as an archeologist in the field, and expects to pursue a doctorate in history.

3+3 Law Degree

Interested in a law degree or a career in law? Save time and money through Nazareth's partnership with Syracuse University College of Law.

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
  • Tufts University
  • George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film
  • Office of Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY)
Timothy Kneeland, professor at Nazareth College Rochester NY

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Timothy Kneeland

“(Professor Kneeland’s) passion for history and belief that it is the duty of historians to engage and educate inspired me to pursue a job where I could do just that. He has supported me every step of the way — even after I graduated from Nazareth and pursued my master’s degree.” — Adam Bradford ‘13