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Undeclared Students: Consider Majoring in History

Are you considering a major in history? We'd love to help you explore your options to find the right fit for you.


The Faculty Perspective

Justin Behrend

Hi, I'm Dr. Justin Behrend, Professor and Chair of the History Department.

I've been at Geneseo since 2007. One of the things I love about my job is working with students. I love teaching. And I really enjoy mentoring students and helping them with their research projects.

I teach 19th-century U.S. history, African-American history, and other related topics. In my courses, we discuss these histories and their meaning. But I also love to talk with students about the future, specifically their future and what they want to do with their lives.

If you'd like to discuss history as a major and what it involves, please reach out to me—I'd love to chat!

Contact Me

Justin Behrend
Professor & Chair of History
Doty Hall 206
585-245-5587
behrend@geneseo.edu


The Student Perspective

Anthony DeFazio

Hi, I'm Anthony. I've always know that history was right for me right from the start. Ever since I was able to read about Greek mythology, I have always been fascinated with history. I think my passion is driven by the fact that history is like a big story to me. There are so many details and important characters that it's fascinating to watch it progress.

When I came to Geneseo focused on doing law, all of the advisors told me that I could choose any major. Even with so many options, the only logical choice to me was history. I also think it's important to study history because as we all know those who don't learn history are doomed to repeat it!

Please feel free to reach out if you'd like to hear more about my experience at Geneseo—I'd be happy to talk with you!

Contact Me

Anthony DeFazio (he/him/his)
SUNY Geneseo '23
Pre-law/History
ajd30@geneseo.edu


Explore History

There are many ways to explore history and see if it's right for you. Here are a few:

  1. Learn about upcoming opportunities through the Dean of Academic Planning Office or make an appointment with a team member to explore your options.

  2. Visit the Fraser Library guide Career Resources: Exploring Majors and Careers.

  3. Meet with the Career Design Center for customized exploration tools and strategies.

  4. Explore majors with this tool to find what suits you.


Other Resources