What Do History Majors Do?
Students majoring in history at Hartwick have many opportunities to explore their interests through internships, January Term off-campus programs and semesters abroad, mentoring, and other activities. Their rich and varied educational experiences in the Hartwick history program have set them on a broad array of successful pathways:
From Historical Museum Exhibits to Pharmaceutical Corporation
Right on campus, Hartwick's own Yager Museum is a laboratory for students who love hands-on history. Hartwick history major Kelly Holman '12 worked there as an assistant curator on several exhibits, including one that chronicled the history of Hartwick's nursing program. After graduating with her B.A. in history, Kelly's interest in preserving historical documents and artifacts led her to pursue a Master of Library Science degree at the University of Pittsburgh. By putting her interests in history into practice at the Yager Museum, Kelly began developing the skills that would help her become a Corporate Archival Specialist at Mylan, a global pharmaceutical corporation. Her responsibilities highlight how and where historians' skills are needed: "As Mylan's Archival Specialist," Kelly explains, "I report within Records and Information Management (RIM) to assist in the development of Mylan's Corporate Archives program to preserve and showcase defining moments from Mylan's history.
Many history majors also take advantage of the wealth of off-campus learning opportunities available at Hartwick. In January 2014, six history majors visited the Somme battlefields, the D-Day beaches in Normandy, royal castles of the French monarchy, and many more important historic sites in France. Others have spent a semester studying early modern English and Welsh history in Wales, Italian history and language in Florence, Italy; archaeology and global history in Vienna, Austria; and history and literature in Prague, Czech Republic. Hartwick history majors have also been awarded Duffy Scholarships to study the British Expeditionary Force and the Second World War at the Imperial War Museum in England or to do photography in New Zealand.
Internships: History in Practice
History majors have done internships both far and near: from the Paul F. Cooper, Jr. Archives in the Hartwick College Library, to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library in Hyde Park, New York and the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, New York. Some history majors have worked with faculty as editorial assistants on scholarly journals. Others have done Student Teaching through the Education program and continued on to teach English in Ukraine through the Peace Corps.
For further information on the History program at Hartwick College, contact Professor Cherilyn Lacy, Chair of the History Department, at email@example.com.