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Major Areas of Study: HISTORYHIST

The discipline of History studies the record of civilization throughout the ages. The History program at Muskingum University demands and develops a broad perspective, analytical skills, and an ability to communicate with clarity and style, making it one of the most useful disciplines in a liberal arts curriculum.

Student Opportunities


Recent internships for History students include:

  • Cataloging and archiving historic documents and artifacts (John and Annie Glenn Historic Site, Hayes Presidential Center, Massillon Museum)
  • Historic Inventories of Homes (Indiana Historical Society)
  • Serving as tour guides (Fort Pitt Museum, Roscoe Village, Hale Farm)
  • Developing Educational programming (Roscoe Village)
  • Living History/Historical Interpretation (John and Annie Glenn Historic Site, Hale Farm and Village, Roscoe Village)
  • Developing a traveling exhibit for the Ohio Bicentennial (Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center)


History majors have recently participated in the following research activities:

  • Conducting research at the Ohio Historical Society for Dr. Bil Kerrigan's book on Johnny Appleseed, developing GIS maps for this book, organizing notes and creating a database.
  • Conducting oral histories with farmers displaced by strip mines and strip mine workers and census and archival research on 13 townships affected by surface mining in the second half of the 20th century.
  • Researching and writing biographies of notable Muskingum alumni for use by the College's Development Office.

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:

  • "A Voice Crying Out in the Wilderness: The Confessing Christians in Germany, 1933-1945"
  • "The Bloodiest Day: Antietam and the Maryland Campaign of 1862"
  • "From Bouts of Honor to Honor Cultures: A Relational Look at Dueling and Honor with Focus on America's Southern Culture"
  • "The Politics and Poetics of Mapping South Asia at a Major Art Museum in Washington, DC"
  • "The Rise of the German National Socialist Party, 1919-1933"


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 1-2 student assistants, performing general office tasks, assisting with web-page design and upgrading, and providing tutoring assistance to fellow students.

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.

After Graduation

  • Jordan Eis ('09) recently completed her MA in History from University College Dublin, Ireland, and is currently Senator Mary Moran's full time parliamentary assistant in the Seanad (the upper house of the Oireachtas, the Irish parliament.)

  • Princess Tarrance ('09) worked as a College Access Advisor for the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative Project REACH through Americorps in 2009-2010.  She is currently enrolled in the MPA program at Bowling Green University, with a focus on NGO and non-profit management.

  • David Shahbodaghi ('10) is in medical school at West Virginia University and is a Second Lt. in the U.S. Army.

  • Paul Lafyatis ('09) works at J. P. Morgan Chase, in Columbus, OH.

  • Read about Amanda (Jones) Taylor ('04), a History and International Affairs double-major major at Muskingum, and her work as an Architectural Historian.


Career Possibilities for History Majors (in general):

  • Government
  • Politics
  • Journalism
  • Education
  • Non-profit (museums, historical societies, etc.)
  • Law

Graduate Programs

Recent History graduates have enrolled in the following graduate schools:

  • University of Kentucky
  • Indiana University
  • University of Akron
  • Kent State University
  • Miami University (Ohio)
  • Ohio University
  • University of Delaware Winterthur Program
  • Princeton Theological Seminary
  • University of Cincinnati Law School
  • Ball State University


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