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Welcome to the History Department

History, usually classified as a social science, also retains strong links with the humanities. Its various approaches – political, economic, social, and intellectual – require a wide range of different methods. Courses offered by the history department acquaint students, both history and non-history majors, with the aims, methods, and results of historical research. The contemporary trend to expand the study of history beyond a national and Western framework is reflected in the offerings of the department. Historical studies provide the background needed for graduate work in law, journalism, library science, and history doctoral programs. It is the best major for those planning on teaching social studies on the secondary level, as well as being an excellent major for those co-majoring in elementary education. It also is an excellent major for those planning careers in business, in the federal government, or in the civil service. 


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and Emma Goldman"

Karen Avrich
Journalist and daughter of the late Paul Avrich,
Distinguished Professor of History at Queens College
Thursday, November 13
Lecture, 6:00pm
Reception, 7:30pm

Rosenthal Library, Room 230

RSVP by Thursday, November 6 to, 718-997-3930.


 New Books

Book Title
Francesca Bregoli2014
Peter Vellon2014
David Syrett2014
Morris Rossabi

​From Yuan to Modern China and Mongolia

Paul Avrich and Karen Avrich2014
Morris Rossabi, editor2013
Morris Rossabi2013
Elissa Bemporad

Becoming Soviet Jews: The Bolshevik Experiment in Minsk

-Winner: 2012 Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History, The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide
-Winner: 2013 National Jewish Book Award for Writing based on Archival Material (JDC-Herbert Katzki Award)
-Finalist: 2013 National Jewish Book Award in the category of Modern Jewish Thought and Experience (
Dorot Foundation Award in Memory of Joy Ungerleider Mayerson)

Thomas Ort

Art and Life in Modernist Prague. Karel Čapek and his Generation, 1911-1938​

-Honorable Mention: 2014 Center for Austrian Studies

Satadru Sen2013
Edgar J. McManus, Tara Helfman2013
Morris Rossabi2012
Arnold Franklin2012
Joshua B. Freeman2012
Katherine Pickering Antonova2012
Morris Rossabi, editor and co-author

The Arts of Mongolia

Morris Rossabi, editor2012
Elizabeth M. Nuxoll, editor, Mary A. Y. Gallagher and Jennifer E Steenshorne, associate editors2012
Kristina Richardson2012
Satadru Sen2012
Morris Rossabi, editor2012
Amy Chazkel
- Winner: 2012 J. Willard Hurst Prize, Law and Society Association
- Honorable Mention: 2012 Latin American Studies Association, Brazil Section, Best Book Prize

Premilla Nadasen2011
Warren T. Woodfin2011
Bobby A. Wintermute2010
Morris Rossabi, editor and compiler2010
Morris Rossabi, editor2010
Morris Rossabi2010
Elena Frangakis-Syrett2010
Carol Giardina2010
Mary A. Y. Gallagher, co-editor2010


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 Office Information

Chair: Joel W. Allen 
Dept. Office: Powdermaker 352
Phone: (718) 997-5350
Fax: (718) 997-5359

Attention Graduate Applicants: As of February 1, 2012, the College is no longer accepting paper applications for full-time or non-matriculating candidates for the History M.A. program. Click here to apply online.




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