History Student Opportunities


Internships for History students include:

  • Cataloging and archiving historic documents and artifacts (John and Annie Glenn Historic Site, Hayes Presidential Center, Massillon Museum, Pro Footbal Hall of Fame, Zanesville Museum of Art)
  • Working in Historic Homes (McFaddin-Ward House, Beaumont, TX)
  • Historic Inventories of Homes (Indiana Historical Society)
  • Serving as tour guides (Fort Pitt Museum, Roscoe Village, Hale Farm)
  • Developing Educational programming (Cincinnati Museum Center, Roscoe Village)
  • Living History/Historical Interpretation (Age of Steam Roundhouse, John & Annie Glenn Historic Site, Hale Farm and Village, Roscoe Village)
  • Government service (Ohio Legislative Commission)

History majors have recently participated in the following research activities:

  • Muskie Fellow co-authored a piece on pedagogy, news literacy, and civic engagement for The American Historian with Dr. Dunak.
  • Students worked with Dr. Kerrigan writing short histories of campus sites for a (not-yet-live) location-based History app.
  • Students worked on digitizing old Muscoljuan yearbooks as part of a 2018 Summer Muskie Fellowship. 
  • Students worked with Dr. Kerrigan on digitizing and uploading online about 7 years' worth of Black and Magenta student newspapers during the 2018-2019 academic year.  The papers were used as research sources for students enrolled in Ohio History in the Spring of 2019.
  • Students worked on a 2019 Summer Muskie Fellow oral history project with Dr. Kerrigan.  The subject of that project is Myron "Skip" Moorehead, one of the first African American graduates of Muskingum.
  • Students worked with Dr. Hilton on United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Crowdsourcing "History Unfolded" project.

As a capstone project, the senior seminar requires that the History major thoroughly research prospective sources (both primary and secondary sources, and occasionally sources in a foreign language), assess the value and validity of said sources, develop a methodology to explore their chosen topic, and then write and re-write a polished final project.  Some recent seminar topics include:

  • "Mixed Marriages in Nazi Germany & the Rosenstrasse Protest"
  • "Bosnian Muslims and Collaboration and Resistance in Yugoslavia"
  • "The Nuremberg Trials as Ideological Prelude for the Cold War"
  • "Rescue as Resistance and Collaboration:  Oskar Schindler & Karl Plagge"
  • "Expression Not Suppression:  Living as a Lesbian in the 1970s"
  • "1970's Country Music and the Conservative Sound"
  • "John F. Kennedy & American Media:  From Image Crafting to Myth Making"
  • "The Stunning Spinster:  Mary Tyler Moore as Feminist Role Model"

Phi Alpha Theta is open to all students who have completed twelve credit hours in history and who hold a 3.0 GPA overall. PAT is a professional society whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. It seeks to bring students, teachers and writers of history together for intellectual and social exchanges, which promote and assist historical research and publication by members in a variety of ways.

The History department employs 1 student assistant, performing general office tasks, and assistance with departmental business.

Professional Activities
Students involved in the History honorary, Phi Alpha Theta, have the opportunity to present their work at the annual Spring meeting of the organizational branch in Ohio.  Senior research projects can also be submitted for acceptance in a variety of regional history conferences.

Career Possibilities for History Majors:

  • Education
  • Public History (museums, historical societies, etc.)
  • Library Science
  • Government
  • Politics
  • Journalism
  • Non-profit (NGOs, advocacy, etc.)
  • Publishing
  • Law

Graduate Programs:
History graduates have enrolled in the following graduate schools:

  • University of Kentucky
  • Indiana University - Bloomington
  • Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis
  • University of Akron
  • Georgia State University
  • Kent State University
  • Miami University (Ohio)
  • Ohio University
  • University of Delaware Winterthur Program
  • Princeton Theological Seminary
  • University of Cincinnati Law School
  • Ball State University
  • Regent University
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