Joseph Barakat ’14

Joseph Barakat is a double major in History and Political Science.  He has had the opportunity to serve in a variety of contexts and enjoy some incredible experiences while at PC, including interning in the College President’s Office where he witnessed the fundraising and administrative side of collegiate education.  He has also worked in the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and has volunteered as a Big Brother at Thornwell Home for Children.  In addition, he leads the College Literacy Program, which provides advice and test preparation for underprivileged high school students in Laurens County.  Joseph studied abroad twice, spending one each semester at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland and one at the American University in Washington, D.C.

Why did you choose to come to PC and what made you interested in majoring in history?

In deciding to attend PC, I knew I wanted to attend a school that fostered a close-knit environment in which teachers invested not only in the academic growth of their students, but also in their character and career development. Since history has always been my favorite subject, majoring in it was an obvious choice for me.

How would you describe your experience in PC’s History Department?

Studying under the tutelage of the History Department has been a true joy as the whole faculty evinces a clear passion and knowledge of the material that renders the classes relevant and engaging.

What advice would you give to students considering coming to PC and majoring in history?

My advice to anyone considering a major in history would be twofold: first, don’t shy away from it because you think the career options are limited. Studying history opens doors for numerous graduate school programs and trains you to articulate your thoughts convincingly. Moreover, it enables you to relate with people of diverse cultural backgrounds, making you a more confident and accomplished applicant in an increasingly globalized workforce. Plus, because of how the major is structured, it is possible to earn a double major. Second, if you do intend to study history, be sure to take advantage of any Maymesters or study abroad opportunities. Such experiences will mold and broaden your perspectives, distinguishing you as a well-rounded person and affording you memories that will last a lifetime!