Study Abroad

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.

Fiji Maymester Trip Full of “Wonder and Awe” 2022

Students Experience Spain during Maymester 2019

A Student’s Reflections on Her Central Europe Maymester 2018

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.

Honors Research

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 at the Honors Day Symposium.

Honors Student, Sarah Smith, researches eugenics policies in California, Fall 2020
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Summer Fellow, Hyland Gonzalez, researches women in the Mexican Revolution, Summer 2020. Watch Now »

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.

Summer Fellow, Josh Urwick, researches baseball in southern milltowns


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 and Professional Development.

Q&A with Carl and Collin Burnett, ’19, about their internship in Germany

Student Groups and Activities

PC history majors have the opportunity to become involved in student-led groups and social events, which bring the department together at times other than class and provide an opportunity for interaction with fellow students and the faculty.  Below are sample pictures of recent events.

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.

Honors Day Symposium

Dr. Sumner’s Capstone Presentations
Spring 2020
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Honors Day Symposium

Dr. Campbell’s Capstone Presentations
Spring 2020
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