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, Muskingum County Historical Society, Nelson T. Gant Foundation)
  • 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, John and Annie Glenn Museum, National Road Museum)
  • Developing Educational programming (Cincinnati Museum Center, Roscoe Village)
  • Living History/Historical Interpretation (Age of Steam Roundhouse, John and 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.
  • HIST 200 Career Field Experience students reviewed issues of the Black & Magenta and the Muskingum College yearbook, The Muscoljuan, to create a Homecoming presentation and host a Q&A with alumni about the experiences of Muskingum students on campus (and beyond) from 1968-1972.  
  • 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 part of celebrations of Black History Month and Women’s History Month, students participated in Transcription Workshops in which they transcribed historic documents as part of a crowd-sourcing project undertaken by the Library of Congress.

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:

  • Vietnam War Propaganda: The Chieu Hoi “Open Arms” Program
  • Popular Music and the Vietnam War: How the War Created Political Statements in Music 
  • Motivational Trends of the Soviet Soldier: Patriotism, Equality, Force, and Fear 
  • American Women’s Studies: How Women’s Political Issues moved from Concepts to Classrooms 
  • Busing and the Movement to Desegregate Public Schools in America 
  • Switzerland’s Survival: Neutrality, Collaboration, and Resistance? 
  • A Gendered Analysis of the Role of Communist Resistance in France and Yugoslavia during the Second World War 
  • Antislavery in Antebellum Muskingum County, Ohio: A Diverse Cause 

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.

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

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

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