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.
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.
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.
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.