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Overview of the Program

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The Program in History at Wilkes University

The Faculty in History at Wilkes believes that education in history enhances students’ communication and critical thinking skills and provides important context for understanding ourselves and the world around us. Although every student receives individualized advising, the department organizes its programs around four tracks:

1) The History Major (Pre-Law/Pre-Graduate School track) prepares students for advanced study in law, history, or other related professional disciplines. There is ample room in this track for one or more minor fields or a second major of the student’s choice so that the program is easily tailored toward his or her specific interests.

2) The History Major (Public History Concentration) prepares students for entry level work or advanced study in careers that present history to a non-academic audience. Students pursuing this concentration take selected courses in American and public history and also do hands-on-learning through internships. By adding a second major or a minor such as English, Integrated Media, Communication Studies or Business, students may shape their program to suit their own personal interests and enhance their appeal to potential employers and/or graduate school. Careers in this field include museum curator, archive manager, museum educator, cultural resources, and more.

3) The History Major (Secondary Education track) prepares students for careers as secondary education teachers. Students electing this track will be assigned an advisor in history and one in education and will work closely with faculty in each area to meet the course of study mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Students in this track can earn a History Major, Secondary Education Minor and Pennsylvania Secondary Education Certification.

4) The History Minor consists of at least 18 credits in history including HST 101, 125, 126, and any three upper level courses offered by the Department.

For further information about History at Wilkes, please contact either of the co-chairs:

John Hepp
Associate professor of history
and co-chair of the
Division of Global History & Languages
Capin Hall, Room 300
Telephone: (570) 408-4225
Email: john.hepp@wilkes.edu

Diane Wenger
Associate professor of history
and co-chair of the
Division of Global History & Languages
Capin Hall, Room 300
Telephone: (570) 408-4221
Email: diane.wenger@wilkes.edu
   
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