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The Moravian College history department offers a foundation in North American, European, Latin American, and African history while allowing majors to design their own traditional, interdisciplinary, or interdepartmental programs. Students will gain a broad understanding of humanity. They will have a rigorous exposure to historical research in a variety formats, including honors thesis, collaborative research projects, collaborative teaching, independent studies, field studies, work study, and senior seminar. Our recent graduates have embarked on careers as curators, journalists, teachers, lawyers, archivists, librarians, and history professors.
The history department offers many opportunities for student research. Select students may participate in honors or SOAR projects. A number of students assist professors with their research. Local and regional institutions, including the Moravian Archives, the Historic Bethlehem Partnership, and the National Museum of Industrial History provide opportunities for field study experience. Students are also welcome to design independent studies in topics of their choosing. The History Fellowship affords students an opportunity to teach a class while doing their own research on a related topic.
The national history honor society, Phi Alpha Theta, is active on campus. The History Club invites guest speakers, sponsors discussions, and organizes trips to historic sites around the eastern U.S.
The history department is located on the third floor of the historic 1892 Comenius building, which houses both faculty offices and state-of-the-art classrooms. 300 Comenius Hall serves as the history common room for the students and faculty to congregate, discuss history, and hold club meetings.
History and historical studies majors have access to the Moravian Archives, which houses one of the most significant German-related archival collections in the United States and other documents dating back to colonial times. Some of its treasures include detailed documentation of the daily life of the historic Moravian community, deeds from the founding of the town of Bethlehem, a significant collection of incunabula (early printed books), and a letter to the college from Thomas Jefferson.
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