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History at SUNY Cortland

If you plan to study history, take a look at what SUNY Cortland has to offer and decide if the program is a good match for you. Get started with the following essential facts.

SUNY Cortland is located in Cortland, New York and has a total student population of 6,832. Of the 1,739 students who graduated with a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Cortland in 2021, 66 of them were history majors.

Want to know more about the career opportunities in this field? Check out the Careers in History section at the bottom of this page.

SUNY Cortland History Degrees Available

  • Bachelor’s Degree in History
  • Master’s Degree in History

Online Classes Are Available at SUNY Cortland

If you are a working student or have a busy schedule, you may want to consider taking online classes. While these classes used to be mostly populated by returning adults, more and more traditional students are turning to this option.

For those who are interested in distance learning, SUNY Cortland does offer online courses in history for the following degree levels:

  • Master’s Degree

SUNY Cortland History Rankings

Each year, College Factual ranks history programs across the country. The following shows how SUNY Cortland performed in these rankings.

Note: Rankings don't always give a complete picture of a school's strengths and weaknesses, so it's a good idea to extend your research and also look at other factors when trying to decide if the school is right for you.

Bachelor’s Degree Overall Quality & Other Notable Rankings

The history major at SUNY Cortland is not ranked on College Factual’s Best Colleges and Universities for History. This could be for a number of reasons, such as not having enough data on the major or school to make an accurate assessment of its quality.

Ranking Type Rank
Best Value History Bachelor’s Degree Schools 19
Best History Master’s Degree Schools 38
Best History Bachelor’s Degree Schools 42
Most Focused History Bachelor’s Degree Schools 89
Most Popular History Schools 110

In 2021, 2 students received their master’s degree in history from SUNY Cortland. This makes it the #290 most popular school for history master’s degree candidates in the country.

How Much Do History Graduates from SUNY Cortland Make?

The median salary of history students who receive their bachelor's degree at SUNY Cortland is $40,363. This is 40% higher than $28,881, which is the national average for all history bachelor's degree recipients.


History Student Demographics at SUNY Cortland

Take a look at the following statistics related to the make-up of the history majors at SUNY Cortland.

SUNY Cortland History Bachelor’s Program

32% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
In the 2020-2021 academic year, 66 students earned a bachelor's degree in history from SUNY Cortland. About 32% of these graduates were women and the other 68% were men.


About 76% of those who receive a bachelor's degree in history at SUNY Cortland are white. This is above average for this degree on the nationwide level.

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from SUNY Cortland with a bachelor's in history.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 0
Black or African American 2
Hispanic or Latino 7
White 50
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 6

SUNY Cortland History Master’s Program

50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
During the 2020-2021 academic year, 2 students graduated with a master's degree in history from SUNY Cortland. About 100% were men and 0% were women.


In the history master's program at this school, racial-ethnic minorities make up 50% of degree recipients. That is 22% better than the national average.*

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from SUNY Cortland with a master's in history.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 0
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 1
White 1
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 0

SUNY Cortland also has a doctoral program available in history. In 2021, 0 student graduated with a doctor's degree in this field.

Careers That History Grads May Go Into

A degree in history can lead to the following careers. Since job numbers and average salaries can vary by geographic location, we have only included the numbers for NY, the home state for SUNY Cortland.

Occupation Jobs in NY Average Salary in NY
High School Teachers 74,830 $85,300
Managers 16,600 $124,160
History Professors 2,050 $93,000
Curators 1,570 $73,850
Museum Technicians and Conservators 1,490 $56,040


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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