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History Department Is the Place to Discover Facts, Hone Skills for Historic Preservation

drawing of the new Humanities building

To understand where we’re going, we must understand where we’ve been. That’s what makes the study of history so very important for students who are pursuing any major.

The History Department has 1,519 alumni with B.A., B.S.Ed., and M.A. degrees and careers that range from university professor to lawyer. Students in the department complete internships in a variety of settings—many in museums and historical societies.

Today’s department offers bachelor’s degrees in history, history pre-law track, and history education. The master’s degree program that offers two concentrations—one that prepares historians for publishing and research and community education and one that prepares historians for careers in archives, museums, government agencies and those who wish to engage in historical editing and preservation. For undergraduates in particular, studying abroad is an important experience, and professors in the department have taken their students to Cyprus for archaeological digs, for pilgrimages across Europe, and more.

November 1, 2013, is a big day for the IUP History Department—and, actually, most departments that fall under the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. That’s the day the ground will be broken for the new building that will house, among others, the History Department (shown in photo). The new building will feature a Public History Artifact Room, where graduate students will curate items that cover local history, preserving the best of Indiana County and, in the future, showcasing new historical discoveries.

Distinguished Alumni Award winners from the History Department include Lawrence Claus ’67, Allegheny County assistant district attorney and former IUP Alumni Association board member; Donald McPherson ’69, a retired IUP labor relations professor, previous IUP Alumni Association and Foundation for IUP board member who now is a labor arbritrator; and Richard Michael ’76, the director of the Volusia County Department of Economic Development in Florida.

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