Below are brief descriptions of the main activities sponsored by the History Department. More detailed information can be had by contacting a faculty member or using the links below.
The History Department is very active in encouraging students to study abroad at some point while at PC. The department regularly offers faculty-led study abroad opportunities in the forms of Maymesters and its Encounters Afar program. Maymesters typically are two to three-week trips taken after the completion of final exams in the spring. The Encounters Afar program involves travel to a particular city of focus during spring break. In the weeks prior to the trip, students meet in class to gain background knowledge of the destination’s historical significance, with class lectures culminating in the trip itself.
The college also offers programs through which students can study abroad for an entire semester in destinations the world over. History majors are among the most frequent participants in these programs and have studied in an array of countries such as Turkey, Nepal, China, Ireland, Egypt, and Spain.
If you would like more information about studying abroad in one of the department’s programs or the semester-long programs, please contact a history professor or visit PC’s Office of International Programs.
Research and Internships
Students in the History Department have numerous opportunities to investigate further a topic of interest through independent research and internships. Over the years, history students at PC have pursued these opportunities, some of which have resulted in jobs, publications, and awards.
If a student meets the college’s stated requirements, he or she may pursue the honors research track. To fulfill the History Honors Track, the student must take an additional 6 credit hours of classwork and complete a student-driven research project in which the student works closely with a faculty member to produce a major, high-quality paper on a topic of the student’s choice. As part of the project, the student gives a formal presentation of his or her research to the college community.
Summer Fellows Program/Independent Research
During the summer, the college hosts the PC Summer Fellows Program in which students and faculty work together on a project over the summer months, and the student receives a stipend for participating. Students are also offered the opportunity to engage in independent research in the regular academic year on a topic of his or her choice. This is similar to the honors research project except that the student is not limited by the college’s and department’s honors requirements.
Students who are interested in History Honors, Summer Fellows, or Independent Research should contact a member of the History Department and visit the Summer Fellows webpage.
An internship provides students with hands-on experience in a position where history is the focus. For instance, students have interned in museums, national and state parks, and other similar venues. Credit hours are determined in consultation between the faculty member, the employer, and the student. An internship can serve as a means to fulfill general education credit and/or as a means to explore career options.
Students who are interested in a History Internship should contact a member of the History Department and visit the Office of Career Programs.
PC history majors have the opportunity to become involved in our student-led groups, which bring the department together for activities other than class and provide an opportunity for social interaction with fellow students and the faculty. Anyone who is interested in joining one of these groups should contact a faculty member for further information.
Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society
The History Department has a chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society. This national organization recognizes student academic achievement, and each year the department hosts an induction ceremony.
The History Club organizes events such as book readings, game nights, and movie discussions; this is led by students with faculty sponsorship. Events occur throughout the academic year.
The History Department also sponsors gatherings of the students and faculty at the beginning and end of each academic year. A pizza party is held each fall semester for all those students who are majoring or interested in majoring in history. This is held in the home of one of the faculty members. The spring event is a barbeque for graduating seniors. Also held in a faculty member’s home, this event is designed to celebrate the graduates’ achievements.
All members of the PC History family, whether alumni or current students, are invited to join the department’s Facebook group. The most up-to-date news on departmental happenings can be found here.