Investigating the History of Our Region and Nation


 The rich history of the Mid-Hudson River Valley provides students with many opportunities to approach the past
 as hands-on and creative researchers. The students pictured above visited the Franklin D. Roosevelt
 Presidential Museum and Library as part of their History of the Hudson River Valley course. The class
 took field trips to six other sites in the region in order to get a firsthand look at the environmental, cultural, and
 industrial dimensions of the area.

hrvi  The Hudson River Valley Institute, housed on the College's campus, provides
  students, faculty, and community members with a focal point for explorations of the
  area and its heritage. Students pursuing History, English, Political Science, and
  other majors serve as interns every semester at the Institute's academic journal,
  The Hudson River Valley Review. The Autumn 2014 issue of the Review features
  an article by Leila Shawwa '15 on the studio and home of renowned industrial
  designer Russel Wright. The work of HRVI student interns receives generous
  support from the Bienstock Family Internship, which underwrites undergraduate
  research and writing at HRVI. See here for information about additional internship
  opportunities for History majors and others in the School of Liberal Arts.

 Students at the College also enjoy many opportunities to explore history from national and international
 perspectives. In Spring 2015, for example, faculty in English and History will co-teach an Honors Program
 course on the Civil War that involves a weekend trip to Gettysburg (below, left). Courses coordinated by Marist
 International  Programs
, such as a recent class on the history and politics of Ireland and Northern Ireland
 (below, right) allow students to engage in new ways with historical events beyond the United States. In addition,
 the First Year Seminar within the Marist Core provides entering students with the chance to take a fresh look
 at specific historical questions and controversies; recent courses include Not That Seventies Show: The 1970s
 in History and Culture; Conspiracy Theories in History; and JFK: From Famine to New Frontier. These courses
 open to all first-year students and approach their subjects using interdisciplinary approaches.
 gettysburg  history

 Many students who major in History combine their studies with a minor or second major in another field, such as
 Environmental Studies, Communication, Business, Political Science, or Education. As is made clear in the profiles
 of recent graduates Igor Volsky '08, Elizabeth Baldetti '10, Pamela Chomba '12, and William Schanz '13, studying
 history provides students with a rich undergraduate experience and enables the pursuit of a wide range of
 professional opportunities.