The History Department regularly offers faculty-led study abroad opportunities in the forms of Maymesters and the department’s 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 city’s historical significance, with class lectures culminating in the trip itself.
Students in the History Department have numerous opportunities to investigate further a topic of interest through independent research and outside internships. Internships are to have an historical emphasis and are offered in the local and regional communities, while students may pursue research through independent study, reading, or honors research. Students are also encouraged to consider participating in the college’s Summer Fellows program offered over the summer months.
PC’s History Department offers its students several opportunities to engage one another outside of the classroom. Our two most prominent student organizations are Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society and the History Club, while departmental faculty also host gatherings at their homes during the fall and spring semesters.