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History, Politics & Geography

Contact Information

Dr. Jeffery S. Gaab, Chairperson
Department of History, Politics and Geography
Farmingdale State College
2350 Broadhollow Road
Farmingdale, NY 11735-1021
Memorial Hall 230
Tel: 934-420-2739 
Email: gaabjs@farmingdale.edu

Dr. Emily A. Fogarty, GIS Program Director

Department of History, Politics and Geography
Farmingdale State College
2350 Broadhollow Road
Farmingdale, NY 11735-1021
Memorial Hall 232
Tel: 934-420-2634 
Email: fogartea@farmingdale.edu 

Linda Dollard, Secretary
Office: 934-420-2739
Fax: 934-420-2235
Email: dollarl@farmingdale.edu

Memorial Hall, Second Floor 
Room 221


History, Politics and Geography

The Department of History, Politics and Geography offer a wide variety of lower- and upper-level courses in the disciplines of history, politics, geography and geographic information systems (GIS). Our historians teach courses in American, European, and non-Western history, as well as specialty courses in the history of science and technology, religion, film, and gender. In terms of area studies, the Department is particularly strong in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and the Former Soviet Union, the Middle East, East Asia, and Latin America. The Department's political science faculty offer courses in public policy, legal studies, political theory, and national, state, and local government, as well as internationally-oriented courses in comparative politics, international relations, and geopolitics. Specialized courses are offered in the fields of mass media, the environment, religion, and popular culture.  Faculty specializing in geography offer courses on introductory geography courses on human and physical geography, and specialized courses in environmental interactions, spatial data analysis, urban geography and a variety of other areas.  The Department major, Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). This is an applied degree in geography and the spatial sciences that aims to generate workforce-ready graduates who are well trained in the technology, theory, and application of geographic information systems. Faculty specializing in GIS will offer courses in GIS, geovisualization, remote sensing/aerial drones, web mapping, spatial modeling, GIS programming, geodatabases. and a variety of other related areas.

The Department's course offerings are designed to complement Farmingdale State College's mission as a college of technology, while simultaneously expanding students' intellectual and cultural horizons through globalized liberal education. Many of the departmental course offerings satisfy the College's General Education requirements, including the areas of American History, Western Civilization, Other World Civilizations, Natural Science and the Social and Behavioral Sciences.

The Department of History, Politics and Geography offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for more information about the program contact Dr. Emily A. Fogarty via email Emily.Fogarty@Farmingdale.edu

In addition to the GIS major and the variety of courses, the Department also offers five (5) academic minors:

  • Asian Studies (Advisor: Dr. Dandan Chen)
  • Geography (Advisor: Dr. Emily A. Fogarty)
  • History (Advisor: Dr. Stephen Patnode)
  • Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (Advisor: Dr. Robert A. Saunders)
  • Politics (Advisor: Dr. Michael Motta)

The Department also supports the efforts of the Model UN student club, Phi Alpha Theta, and the History Club.

If you would like to learn more about the Department, academic major or minors, or course offerings in history or politics, contact the Department Secretary, Ms. Linda Dollard, at 934-420-2739 or any of the faculty listed on the Faculty page simply by clicking on their e-mail icon.

Location: Room 221, Memorial Hall

Mailing Address: 2350 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale, NY 11735