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 meet the college’s Honors Program eligibility requirements, take an additional 3 credit hours (HIST 4003), 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 web page.
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 with 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 Career Development and Student Success.
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.