• History

    History is both a subject and a discipline. The subject of history is the human past. The discipline of history is all the methods that historians have developed to understand the human past.

  • The Liberal Arts History Option leads to an Associate in Arts (AA) degree, and is designed for those students who have a strong personal interest in learning more about History and for students that plan to become history majors in four-year institutions.

    The human past does not change, but our methods of understanding the past are constantly changing. As society and knowledge evolve, we find new topics of interest in the past, new sources of knowledge about the past, and new tools for understanding the past.

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    Review the History Curriculum

    For information about this program’s retention and graduation rate visit the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment website page.

    Students who major in History have a variety of career choices available, and the Option prepares students for advanced work in historical studies by training them in reading comprehension and textual analysis, critical thinking skills, and research methodologies. History classes help train students to appreciate a wide variety of writing styles and rhetorical strategies, thus exposing them to a greater diversity of literature. In addition, Writing Intensive Classes in History train students to conduct research and cite sources in accordance with standard scholarly practices.“Historical knowledge is no more and no less than carefully and critically constructed collective memory. As such it can both make us wiser in our public choices and more richly human in our private lives.” William H. McNeill, Why Study History? (1985)

    Key Skills of a History Major

    • The ability to assess evidence
    • The ability to assess conflicting interpretations
    • Highly developed research skills – the ability to find and evaluate diverse sources of information
    • High capacity for critical thinking
    • Increased understanding of diverse peoples and societies
    • Proficiency in written communication
    • The ability to interpret and clearly explain the significance of historical documents

    Below is a brief list of career opportunities available to undergraduate history majors (source: American Historical Association):

    • Educators (elementary, secondary, postsecondary, historic sites, museums)
    • Researchers
    • Writers and editors
    • Journalists
    • Documentarians
    • Archivists
    • Librarians
    • Information managerss
    • Lawyers and paralegals
    • Litigation support staff
    • Contract historians

    Explore career possibilities on Career Connect.  

    In support of LaGuardia’s mission to educate and graduate its students to become critical thinkers and socially responsible citizens, the College has undertaken a team approach toward advising, designed to support you in your major from orientation through graduation. 

    Your advisement team, made up of faculty and professional advisors, will guide you at every step during your college career. They are ready to help you:

    • Explore your major 
    • Select introductory and advanced courses
    • Connect you with campus support services
    • Prepare an educational and career plan

    Visit the Advising page to learn more about when to get advised and how to prepare for an advising appointment, and check out the Advising Calendar for information sessions, events and more.


    Please feel free to reach out to these advisors if you have any questions or need assistance, and visit laguardia.edu/visit for directions to campus.

    Advising Team Staff Members Email Phone Office Location
    Maria Shirling, Advising Services
    B 100P
    Shakira Whitley, Advising Services
    B 100R

    Advising Team Faculty Members Email Phone Office Location
    Timothy Coogan, US History tcoogan@lagcc.cuny.edu 718-482-6049 C 459G
    Christian Gonzales, US History cgonzales@lagcc.cuny.edu 718-482-5785 C 459
    Robin Kietlinski, World History and East Asia rkietlinski@lagcc.cuny.edu 718-349-4083 C 459
    Richard Lieberman, LaGuardia and Wagner Archives Director richardli@lagcc.cuny.edu 718-482-5066 E 238
    Karen Miller, US History kamiller@lagcc.cuny.edu 718-482-6016 C 459EE
    Joanne Reitano, US History reitanojo@lagcc.cuny.edu 718-482-5790 C 459NN
    Cecilia Salvatierra, World History and Latin America csalvatierra@lagcc.cuny.edu 718-349-4032 C 459
    John Shean, Western Civilization and Ancient Greece and Rome jshean@lagcc.cuny.edu 718-482-6015 C 459OO

    Learning Communities are groupings of two or more courses, often surrounding a common theme. There are two types of Learning Communities, Clusters (consisting of three or more classes) and Pairs (consisting of two classes).

    Learning Communities can help you:

    • Make connections among courses
    • Form a community with your classmates
    • Work closely with faculty
    • Be more successful in your courses
    • Be more likely to stay in school and graduate

    Continuing students are encouraged to select a Cluster or Pair in their second semester.

    Recent Learning Community Themes include:

    • American Cultural Identities in Poetry, Prose, Beats and Rhymes
    • Technology, Power and Freedom: Building your Digital Identity
    • Truth, Lies and Video
    • Alienation and Inquiry

    Review Liberal Arts Learning Communities for the current semester.

    LIB200: Science, Humanism and Technology is the capstone course for Liberal Arts majors.

    This course invites you to consider a topic in an interdisciplinary manner, drawing on the various courses you have taken as well as experiences outside of college; therefore, it is recommended that this capstone course be taken in your last semester. The themes available for this class the course varies from semester to semester—previous themes include "American Museum," "Epidemics," "Genocide," "Modern Medical Practice," and "Performance and Disability." Review LIB200 themes for the current semester.