History Department

Public History Requirements

As you explore the Public History option, take a moment to read the PrerequisitesFinal Report Guidelines, and the necessary Forms for this program.

Prerequisites

The following prerequisites apply to students who enroll in the public history major:

A minimum overall grade-point average of 2.75 / 4.0 (C+) is required before enrolling in the internship. You must have received grades of at least C (2.5 / 4.0) in all completed history courses with a cumulative history grade-point average of at least 3.0 / 4.0 (B-). Finally, you must have completed 33 credit-hours in history, including the following seven required history courses:

History 151. World Civilization I
History 152. World Civilization II
History 201. American History, 1492-1876
History 202. American History, 1877 to the Present
History 240. Introduction to Public History
History 320. Laboratory Course in American History
History 445. History and Historians

The remaining hours are divided among courses in world (i.e., Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia, and Latin America) history (three credit-hours); U.S. history (six credit-hours); and other history electives (3 credit-hours). At least six of these 12 credit-hours must be earned in courses numbered History 301 or above (in addition to History 320 and History 445).


Final Report Guidelines

Here are some thoughts for you to consider as you compose your final report. Plan to address the following questions or points as they pertain to the entire internship experience (i.e., not just the period since the midterm report):

  1. Provide a *brief* narrative description of your overall internship activities, but try not to merely repeat what you wrote in the midterm report; keep the focus on what specific things you have learned over the course of the semester.
  2. Articulate how the knowledge or skills you acquired in the internship fit in with your educational, career, and life goals
  3. Identify specific skills and concepts you learned in your University history curriculum that you were able to draw on and apply at the internship site, especially including Hist. 240, 320, and 445.
  4. Discuss the impact the internship has had on your values, ethics, and interpersonal skills. 
  5. Comment on what you found to be the most positive or satisfying aspects of the experience. 
  6. Assess the limitations or more negative aspects of the internship. 
  7. Suggest what additional concrete ways the a) agency, b) agency staff, and c) faculty supervisor could have helped provide you with a more meaningful experience.
  8. Identify specific things you could have done on this assignment that would have enhanced your learning experience.
  9. Finally, rate your overall internship experience on the scale of excellent, good, satisfactory, or poor.

The intern's five-page Report should be double-spaced, paginated, formatted in a 12-point font, and feature a one-inch margin all around.  At the top of the first page list your name, the course number and section number  [History 300/ -369, section -003/-004] the date, the name of the assignment [Final Report], and the name of your internship site.

Forms

These forms will help guide your through your internship experience. You can download these forms and use them when you reach that point in your internship. 

Site Information Form Intern Information Form
Written Work Deadline Intern Agreement Form
Internship News Release Form Intern Evaluation Form
Tips for Writing an Effective News Release

Department of History
Burkhardt Building (BB), room 200
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

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(Summer Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Phone: 765-285-8700
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