Chatham University

History FAQs

Should I take an internship?
Chatham encourages all students to take one or more internships in an area of interest. Internships are a great way to find out if you are interested in a particular career or area of work. History majors have interned at: Heinz History Center, Western Pennsylvania Historical Society, Carnegie Museums, World Affairs Council, Pittsburgh Council on International Visitors, and Old Economy. Majors have also interned at local businesses and non-governmental organizations (NGO’S).

What should I do if I want to teach history?
Students who want to teach history in high school should complete secondary education certification in social studies. Students complete the certification requirements while majoring in History (or another social science discipline) and graduate in four years with a B.A. in an academic discipline and secondary teacher certification in social studies. Alternatively, students can complete the 3-2 program and graduate in five years with a B.A. in History and an M.A.T. with teacher certification in social studies.

Students who want to teach history in college will need to continue with graduate studies in history.