Opportunities and Activities
- Faculty-Directed Research
- Students receive summer research stipends and course credit to work directly with faculty on research as part of the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program. Since 2015, students in history have worked on several public history exhibits with local historical societies to preserve history in the Wyoming Valley.
- Semester in Washington, DC
- Students spend a semester at American University, and will complete an internship in their major field
- Study Abroad / Study Away
- Students have the unique opportunity to study abroad or away for a semester or summer in order to earn credits
- At local historical societies, museums, and law firms
- Special Projects
- Such as curating exhibits on campus, volunteering in the community, and working on the National History Day competition for NEPA
- Speakers & Master Classes
- Visits from respected scholars and practitioners - the top in their fields
- Specially-designed course projects that give students the opportunity for experiential learning and participation in service to the larger community
- Faculty-Led Trips
- Sponsored visits to historic sites, museums, and battlefields in the region; cultural immersion trips abroad
- History Club & GLNS Club
- Phi Alpha Theta
Semester in Washington, DC
Students in History and Government have the opportunity to spend a semester in Washington, DC, studying at American University and working at a government or non-profit agency in our nation's capital. The AU program, one of the oldest of its kind in the country, brings students from across the country to DC for semester or summer study each year. Students can choose from a variety of programs to study, including Journalism & New Media; American Politics; Foreign Policy; Religion, Politics, Peace & Security; Justice & Law; International Law & Organizations; and Sustainable Development. While at AU, students participate in a weekly seminar and work as interns in a DC agency. They earn valuable professional experience and course credit to transfer toward their degrees in History or GLNS. Students interested in the program should talk with their advisor, and visit AU's Semester Away website.
Study Abroad / Study Away
History and GLNS majors have the unique opportunity to participate in Misericordia’s Study Abroad / Study Away programs. In the past several years, MU developed several new partnerships to enhance the study away choices for our students. Students may choose to study abroad or away for a semester or summer session, and credits earned during the semester / summer away can be applied toward the Misericordia degree. Recent students in the major have traveled to Australia, Ireland, Montreal, and Washington, DC to earn course credit and valuable professional experience. More information about Misericordia’s Study Abroad / Away Programs can be found here.
The History and Government Department has been very successful in placing students in internships in the local area. Past history students have worked with the National Park Service at the Steamtown Historic Site, at the Lackawanna Coal Mine, the Luzerne County Historical Society, the Misericordia Archives, and the Greater Pittston Historical Society. Pre-Law students are required to complete two semesters of internships at a qualified law firm. GLNS students have worked in a variety of government agencies, including law-enforcement.
This year, students have the opportunity for a number of different paid internships. These include, a paid internship at the National Federation for the Blind in Baltimore, MD, a community work-study position at the Greater Pittston Historical Society, and student summer research fellowships. Read more about our students’ internship experiences by visiting the Interns’ Corner. For more information on history internships, interested students should contact Dr. Black.
Opportunities for student work on special projects, such as exhibit curation and working for the National History Day Regional Competition held on campus.
In 2010, several students worked with Dr. Brian Carso to create an exhibit on the work of famed war photographer Robert Capa.
In 2013, a senior History major curated his own exhibit of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century books and prints. Both of these exhibits were showcased in the Pauly Friedman Art Galleryon Misericordia's campus.
In 2015, Misericordia became the new host of the PA Region 2 Competition for National History Day. Student volunteers for the event provided essential support for the day's activities.
Speakers and Master Classes
Each year, the History and Government Department brings important speakers to campus to enrich the learning experiences of our students. Some of these may be former government officials, some are well-known authors or scholars, others have had extraordinary experiences they share with our students. Generous funding from the Soyka Fund for the Humanities often helps to make these opportunities available for History and Government students.
Past speakers have included Frances Townsend, Homeland Security Advisor to President George W. Bush (2013), and Tim Jarvis, Environmental Scientist, Author, and Polar Explorer (2015).
In the 2015-2016 academic year, the department will host Deni Bechard, award-winning journalist and author in September 2015; and Dr. Randall Miller in November 2015, who will speak on behalf of the activist group Historians Against Slavery.
The History Department offers several service-learning courses that give students the opportunity for experiential learning and participation in service to the larger community. These courses are intended to deepen students' understanding of ideas and themes presented in the classroom and encourage students' development as engaged citizens. Recent service-learning placements have included a range of local organizations, including the Greater Pittston Historical Society, the Scranton Anthracite Heritage Museum, the American Red Cross, the Humane Society of Lackawana County, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, Kids Café, and the Peace Center.
The Misericordia University campus is beautiful, and Dallas is a peaceful community conducive to a focus on learning; in addition, the college's proximity to major east coast cities provides great opportunities for cultural enrichment. Students can have memorable experiences that bring courses alive. Trips for academic groups and clubs can make the Misericordia experience that much more special. In the past few years, history faculty and students have traveled to Philadelphia, Seneca Falls, Gettysburg, and New York City. In addition, history faculty have traveled with honors students on trips to Boston and Washington, D.C.
The Department of History and Government sponsors two student clubs: the History Club and the GLNS Club. Each year, these clubs participate in a variety of fund-raising and service projects. Service projects in the past few years have included activities such as collecting oral histories for the Back Mountain Historical Association, participating in Bowl for Kids' Sake, and judging projects at the local History Day competition. In addition to these activities, the club presents a great opportunity to get to know your fellow students, majors and non-majors alike, in an informal and welcoming atmosphere. All students, regardless of major, are invited to join these student clubs. Interested students should contact the club advisors for more information: Paul Fetzer (History Club Advisor) or Dr. Chris Stevens (GLNS Club Advisor).
Phi Alpha Theta
Students who meet the academic requirements will be invited to join Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society. Undergraduate students must complete at least 12 semester hours in History (4 courses) with a GPA of at least 3.1 in History and have a GPA of 3.4 or better overall. Membership in the society provides opportunities for students to publish their work in the society's journal, The Historian, and to present at regional and national meetings.