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Enroll now in HIST 249: Colonial New York, my new course that will be taught in Amsterdam and Paris in summer 2015.  This course will focus on the seventeenth century in New York, an arena where the Six Nations of the Iroquois, French soldiers and missionaries, Dutch traders and trappers, and English imperialists all vied for control and influence.  Basing ourselves in Amsterdam and later in Paris, we will visit sites related to the European side of this Atlantic encounter, and study the places and people that shaped the very early history of what became the 'Empire State.'


Michael Oberg

Professor of


Sturges Hall 310
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454


Michael Oberg has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 1998.

Faculty Information


  • Ph.D., Syracuse University

Research Interests

  • Colonial U.S.
  • Native American


Awards and Honors

  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, 2013
  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2003

Publications and Professional Activities

Spring 2015 Classes

HIST 221:

    Students will get an intensive introduction to the process of historical research and writing in a seminar setting. This course will acquaint students with research methods, train them to interpret pr
    imary sources and lead them through the conceptualization, research, drafting, and rewriting of an historical study. Prerequisites: 9 hours of college-level history credit, at least 3 hours of which must be at Geneseo; or junior standing. Multiple sections offered every fall & spring semester
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HIST 261:
M/U/Native American History

    This course is a survey of the history of Native Americans in the region that ultimately became the United States. It will trace the effects and consequences of European settlement, and native respon
    se, resistance, and accommodation to colonization; explore Indian response to the American Revolution and the westward expansion of white settlement in the decades following; and examine the historical context of the problems, issues, and challenges facing Native Americans in contemporary American society. Not offered on a regular basis
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HIST 353:
Age of Amer Revolution:1763-89

    Structure of American society, British colonial policy, American opposition, growth of revolutionary movements, independence and political revolution, military and diplomatic phases, social consequenc
    es of the Revolution, post-war economics, post-war politics, post-war society, the movement for a strong central government, the Philadelphia Convention, ratification of the Constitution; the inauguration of the new government. Prerquisites: HIST 220 and HIST 221 or the permission of the instructor. Not offered on a regular basis
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