Heather McGowan is a History major and Southern Studies minor. She has played an active role in many organizations on campus including History Club, History Honors Society, and Presbyterian Student Association. She is a member of Spectrum, PC’s gay rights advocacy group, and serves as a Bluefish through the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life on campus. Heather has also served as a representative of the student body through the Student Government Association. She has volunteered while at PC, serving as the coordinator for Thornwell’s Big Brother-Big Sister program. Over the summer, Heather spent ten weeks doing a research internship at the National Archives where she helped create a research tool called a finding aid. Her work for this internship was published by the National Archives and Records Administration.
Why did you choose to come to PC and what made you interested in majoring in History?
I chose to come to PC for the small school atmosphere, the rigorous academics, and the commitment to getting involved in the PC community and the larger community surrounding PC. I have always been interested in majoring in history, but the history faculty really sealed the deal for me. They are a phenomenal group of professors and they have fed my love for history throughout my four years here.
How would you describe your experience in PC’s History Department?
My experience with the History Department has been wonderful. The faculty are great professors who are dedicated to students’ success. They challenge students to really reach, learn, and grow throughout their time at PC. They offer a variety of classes that can feed the historical interests of everyone. They are also great because they are committed to students outside of the classroom. They hold cookouts, parties, coffee and doughnuts in Neville, games, and so much more. They are not only wonderful professors, but they are great people.
What advice would you give to students considering coming to PC and majoring in history?
For students who are considering history, I would say that the History Department is one of the best departments on campus. The professors are interesting, informative, and always available for help as teachers but also as people who care about students. The group of students that are history majors are also great and I have found a home within my major. I never thought anyone could love history as much as me, but you will definitely find that sentiment in both students and professors at PC.