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​Beyond the Classroom

Understanding cultures and events takes much more than reciting and remembering a set of dates and names. To go along with the dozens of courses we offer covering centuries of people, places, and issues, we have a number of opportunities for you to live and breathe history — to be truly engaged in your learning.


History majors are encouraged to enhance their experience and gain academic credit through internships at government offices, historical societies, and museums, among many other opportunities. For more information, please see the Career Education Center's website.

The History Club

The History Club is an organization of PC students whose aim is to encourage an appreciation for the study of history. It promotes various intellectual and social activities for all students, particularly those who are enrolled in history courses. Among its activities are trivia nights, gravesite restorations, and even some ancient beer making events [21 plus, of course].

1history-honors.jpgPhi Alpha Theta Honor Society — Alpha-Epsilon-Xi

The Alpha-Epsilon-Xi Chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society in history recognizes academic excellence and achievement. Each year invitations for membership are sent to history and history/education majors who meet the rigorous criteria of this society. These criteria include a minimum of 12 credit hours in history, academic rank in the top 35 percent of one’s class, and minimum cumulative averages of 3.1 in history courses and 3.0 overall. All courses must have been taken at PC or in the Providence-in-Europe program. The faculty advisor is Dr. Constance M. Rousseau, professor of history.

Department Honors

We confer several honors and awards upon our outstanding majors. These include an award to the scholar with the highest quality point average in the history concentration; the Cornelius P. Forster, O.P., Award for excellence in European history; and the Daniel F. Reilly, O.P., Award for overall scholarly achievement. In addition, the Pell Medal is given for proficiency in American history.

Rev. Cornelius P. Forster, O.P. Making History Series

The Rev. Cornelius P. Forster, O.P. Making History Series showcases the amazing, original research of our faculty and best students. During the fall semester, faculty offer monthly presentations on their recent, cutting-edge research in the field, while the spring semester, student work is highlighted at a major research conference.  It is supported by a generous endowment from the Gladys Brooks Foundation. 

​Student Papers

Increasingly, our students are writing well-researched, engaging senior honors thesis papers. Annually, they present their work at the Undergraduate History Conference held in the spring in conjunction with the Phi Alpha Theta induction.

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Ruane Center for the Humanities, Room 137
Office Hours are 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.

Chair: Dr. Margaret Manchester
Ruane 131
(401) 865-2846

Assistant Chair: Dr. Sharon Ann Murphy
Ruane 116
(401) 865-2380

Graduate Program Director: Dr. Paul O’Malley
Ruane 133
(401) 865-2192

Senior Administrative Coordinator: Mrs. Phyllis Cardullo
Ruane 137
(401) 865-2193

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