Welcome to the Department of History

One of the most lively programs on campus, History at the City College of New York has been crafted to meet the needs of scholars, future educators, and history enthusiasts alike. Our accomplished faculty members have made their own marks in this arena both at CCNY and throughout the world. The History Department values its discussion-based classes where students are able to engage with one another and their professors in the study of the past.

Graduates not only represent City College at major higher educational institutions around the country but have also gone on to successful careers in a wide range of legal, educational, journalistic, governmental, medical, entertainment, and other fields.


Work/Internship Opportunities


William Randolph Hearst Fellowship 2023 
May 30 - July 28, 2023


The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden (MVHM&G) offers two summer Fellowships for current undergraduate or graduate students interested in U.S. history, humanities, the arts, museum studies, museum education, or other related fields. Fellows participate directly in the daily operations of a historic site, including tours and programs for children and adults, and complete an independent project. Now in its thirty-ninth year, the full-time Fellowship, funded by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, consists of nine weeks with a $2,750 stipend. Virtual and in-person options will be considered. Hours are 9AM-5PM Monday-Friday, with occasional evenings for special events if in-person. Fellows are responsible for their own housing and transportation.

Deadline to apply: March 15th, 2023

Link to more information and the application form below:




Attention Prospective M.A. Students

For more information about our program, please click on the "Graduate Program" tab at the top of this homepage.

For specific questions, please contact Professor Seiji Shirane, director of graduate studies, at sshirane@ccny.cuny.edu .

To apply to our History M.A. program, see the CCNY Graduate Application portal by clicking here

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The Judith Stein Award for BA/MA Students

Application Deadline: May 10, 2022

In honor and memory of the late Judith Stein, an esteemed member of the CCNY History Department from 1965 to 2016, the Department will award outstanding BA/MA students scholarships that will cover tuition for up to 3 MA courses in History for the next semester of enrollment.

The Department welcomes applications from students currently enrolled in its BA/MA Program in History who will have completed, or nearly completed, the BA portion of the program by Spring 2022. Successful candidates will demonstrate a commitment to excellence, clarity of purpose in their studies, and financial need.

To apply, students should submit the following materials by May 10, 2022, to Office Admin. history@ccny.cuny.edu (with the subject line “Stein Scholarship”):

  1. A CCNY transcript
  2. A one-page statement of purpose addressed to the History Executive Committee that outlines their curricular program and goals
  3. Additionally, students should arrange for a letter of recommendation from a CCNY faculty member. The letter should also be sent to history@ccny.cuny.edu with the subject line: “Stein Scholarship Letter.” Please include the name of the faculty member in your application.
History Society

If you are interested in the activities of the History Society, contact Prof. Blanton, JBlanton@ccny.cuny.edu  

Academic Credit for History-Related Internships

To bridge the gap between academic and experiential learning, the Department of History offers academic credit for history/research-related internships (paid or unpaid). The hours spent at the internship will take the place of classroom learning, however, students should understand the internship as a part of their education within the History Department. Some possible credit-bearing internships include, but are not limited to, working as a research assistant; working in a museum, research facility, or gallery. Read more...

Teaching Garden

The Teaching Garden is a joint project with faculty from the Science Division and the CUNY Medical School, financed by a Moxie grant in 2019 as part of the Campus Engagement Network.  It is designed for neighboring school children to learn about the growing and nutritional value of herbs -- easy to plant, and easy to keep on your kitchen window sill. Read more... Contact Prof. Syrrakos if you are interested or have questions,  Bsyrrakos@ccny.cuny.edu .

Contact Information

Prof. Anne Kornhauser
Department Chair

Office Hours: In-person on Wednesdays, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., and by appointment. Please email Prof. Kornhauser for a Zoom meeting, at history@ccny.cuny.edu

North Academic Center
Room 5/144A
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031

p: 212.650.7137
e:   history@ccny.cuny.edu



Undergraduate Advising:

Prof. James Lewis

Office hours are Monday and Wednesday from 4:00 to 4:45 p.m., in person, location NAC 5/132

Prof. John Blanton
Office hours are Thursday from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m., in person, location NAC 5/133.  Email Prof. Blanton for a Zoom appointment.

Graduate Advising:

Prof. Seiji Shirane

Seiji Shirane ( sshirane@ccny.cuny.edu )

Office Hours: Mon./Wed. 3:30pm-4:30pm, and by appt. by ZOOM. Please email to schedule appt. and to receive the Zoom office hours link.

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