College of Arts and Sciences
- Humanities Division
- Kapelski Learning Center, Room 302
- tel: 610-499-4341
Rachel A. Batch, PhD
- Chair of the History Department and Associate Professor
- Kapelski Learning Center, Room 311
- tel: 610-499-1137
Internships & Networking, History
Justin Jackson '17
Minoring in history, Justin is also an Apogee Scholar–recognized by the Oskin Leadership Institute for his high potential for leading change on campus and within the community. “I like being part of the Apogee Scholars Program. I am improving my leadership abilities and skills.”
Nicole Storm '15
“I had the privilege to travel to Ortigia, Sicily and participate in an archeological dig. It was breathtaking and humbling to be surrounded by so much rich history and culture.” Read more about Nicole's study abroad experience.
History majors at Widener take part in practical internships & networking opportunities both on and off campus.
Widener is close to a wealth of historical sites, archives, museums, libraries, and cultural and advocacy organizations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. On the Main Campus, history majors can acquire professional experience at the Pennsylvania Military College Museum, which details Widener’s own history as a military institution, at Widener's Art Gallery, or at Widener University's Archives.
Students are encouraged to intern for course credit in their junior or senior years.
During the semester or over the summer, history majors have held internships at Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum (The College of Physicians), Independence Hall, and the National Museum of American Jewish History.
Widener University Archives
History majors join with archivists to build the archive's collection, preserve fragile materials, and digitally publish exhibits about Widener’s past that extends back to 1821.
Widener Partnership Charter School
Students looking to become teachers also have the advantage of unique partnerships with area school districts such as the Chester Upland school system and the Widener Partnership Charter School.
Networking Opportunities & Research Conferences
Testament to the quality of history students’ research are their acceptances to present at national and regional historical conferences such as at the Pennsylvania Historical Association’s annual meeting, Phi Alpha Theta (International History Honors Society) conferences, and at the meeting of the National Collegiate Honors Council.