The History Department focuses on European, American, and non-Western History. You will develop a rich and rewarding study of the human past, in all its complexities along with strong research and analytical skills needed to communicate informed conclusions about the past. 

Program Highlights


Take a Model U.N. course where you will travel to NYC for a week to participate with other colleges around the country in a simulation of the United Nations's General Assembly meeting.


Learn outside the classroom when you study history on location.

B.S. Program Credits: 124

Total Liberal Arts Required: 90 Hours

Major/Concentration:  36 Hours

Standard Completion Time
Four Years

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

What Will I Learn?

You will learn the stories of history, beginning with western civilization and spreading to history throughout the world. You will have the opportunity to take courses in the history of special topics such as Christianity, African history, Women in the Church, and more. Finally, you will have a chance to experience history on location by traveling with one of our groups abroad!

Where Can It Take Me?


  • Student Teaching
  • State and local politicians – primarily Schumer and Gillibrand
  • Local historical societies
  • Libraries
  • Law firms
  • Democrat and Chronicle


  • Attorney
  • Teacher
  • Professor of Philosophy
  • Business Attorney
  • Ambassador for the United States of America to the Republic of Singapore
  • Pastor
  • Nurse
  • Surgical Social Worker
  • Business Owner
  • Director of Interactive Technology
  • Product Manager
  • Consultant
  • Senior VP of North America at Volvo

Grad School

  • University of Southern California
  • University College Dublin
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Miami
  • SUNY Brockport
  • University of Leicester
  • Regent University School of Law
  • Fordham University
  • University of St. Andrews

Alumni Success

Jody Otabara '15

Social Studies Teacher, 8th Grade
Gates Chili Middle School

Lindsay Canon

Lindsay Canon '14

History Teacher
Monroe County Schools

Who Will I Meet?

faculty RJ Stansbury

R.J. Stansbury

R.J. Stansbury has been teaching at Roberts since 2001. He teaches courses on ancient, medieval and early-modern European history and specializes in the religious history of the middle ages, with a particular focus on pastoral care, monasticism, and medieval popular heresies. 

Outside of his academic life, he enjoys traveling, camping with his family and hiking the Adirondack High Peaks. He is also an avid equestrian. Read more about Professor Stansbury.

faculty Mathew Moore

Matthew Dwight Moore

Matthew Dwight Moore has a Ph.D. from Binghamton University, one M.A. in History and another M.A. in English from SUNY Brockport. He has been teaching at Roberts since 1999.

Dr. Moore teaches equally in both the history and language and literature departments, in courses such as African, Latin American, and Asian history and Film as History, Geography, and Imperialism.  

When not in class, he is a writer, playwright, film history expert, freelance artist, cartoonist, stage actor, strategy game inventor, avid music fanatic, father, and husband.

faculty Scott Caton

Scott Caton

Scott Caton has been teaching at Roberts Wesleyan College for over 29 years.  He has been married to his wife, Bonnie (a teacher in the Rochester City School District) for 37 years.  They have five daughters and one son.  He likes hiking, going to baseball games with friends and family, and reading John Henry Newman, Hilaire Belloc, G.K. Chesterton, and P.G. Wodehouse.  He also happens to be one of the few married Roman Catholic priests in the world. To read more click here.


Bella Mitrevski

Being a history student at Roberts Wesleyan has completely changed how I look at the world today. I have gained a much greater understanding of the interconnectedness of historical events to our present-day circumstances. I now understand that solutions to problems we face must not only recognize the complexity of the situation but history as well. The professors in the history department instill not only a love of history in their students but a desire to make the world a better place.

student Bella Mitrevski



Joshua Hutchinson

The Professors in the History Department at Roberts Wesleyan College are outstanding, and they focus on bringing the best out of each student! I thoroughly enjoyed my time as a Roberts history student. Dr. Stansbury, Dr. Caton and Dr. Moore are all experts in their respective fields and I would not be the student I am today without their positive influence! I currently attend SUNY Brockport as a Master’s Student and my goal is to be a History Teacher.

student Joshua Hutchinson


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(585) 594-6327
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