Department of History

Extracurricular Activities

CNU's chapter of Phi Alpha Theta was chartered in April 1993. Phi Alpha Theta is one of the most prestigious honor societies in the academic community. Students who are interested in membership must meet the following academic standards:

  • At least 12 credit hours in history, six of which must be at the 300-400 level
  • 3.1 grade point average in history credit hours
  • Overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0
  • Rank in top 35 percent of class

For more information, contact Dr. Nigel Sellars or Dr. Laura Puaca, faculty advisors.

If you would like a copy of the Phi Alpha Theta application emailed to you, please contact Yvette Osorio-Valdez in the history department, MCM 305, or by phone (757) 594-7567.

Current members of Phi Alpha Theta are eligible to attend and present at the regional and national conferences.

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 one-two page 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 one-two page summary evaluating your internship
  • Complete a practicum journal on a bi-weekly basis
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