Department of History

The study of history embodies the true spirit of the liberal arts, bridging the humanities, social sciences, and natural and behavioral sciences.

History coursework develops many skills, including:

  • Researching and critically evaluating competing interpretations
  • Preparing and presenting persuasive arguments in oral and written forms
  • Applying the past to understand current events and trends
  • Reconstructing complex events

History also helps prepare students for careers in a variety of fields. After graduation, our alumni have entered business, law, politics and international development, public administration, public history and museum work, teaching at all levels, archaeology, foreign service, and the military. They also have been accepted into top graduate programs in a variety of fields, both here and abroad.

Come by the History Department office in McM 305 to pick up information on coursework, careers and opportunities beyond the classroom!

For information about internships in the Department of History, schedule an appointment with Dr. Sheri Shuck-Hall, internship coordinator. You should bring a copy of your resume, including your education and previous work experience.

Prior to the meeting, you should:

  • Identify the agency where you would like to work. It helps to have a first and second choice.
  • Identify the type of job you would like to do (for example, archives, curatorial assistance, research, administrative work).
  • Identify when you wish to begin your internship.

Once an internship location is determined and confirmed with the organization, you will:

  • Complete a practicum contract and return it to Dr. Shuck-Hall
  • Register for HIST 491 (using and add/drop form, which requires Dr. Shuck-Hall's signature)
  • Complete at least 140 hours of work at the internship site prior to the end of the semester in which you register
  • Submit a paper detailing the state of the field in which you worked
  • Submit a 1-2 page summary evaluating your internship
  • Complete a practicum journal on a bi-weekly basis
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