Dr. Jerra Jenrette
Chairperson
Hendricks Hall
814-732-2575

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History, Anthropology & World Languages

 

Programs

  • BA programs in Anthropology, German, Humanities-Foreign Languages, History, Women’s Studies
  • MA in Social Science
  • Minors in Africana Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, German, History, Humanities-Foreign Languages, Spanish

Scholarships and Awards
The Department offers several scholarships each year to students who meet the appropriate criteria: the Foreign Language Scholarship, the History Scholarship, the Rusnak Family Scholarship, and the Richard and Joyce Gromen Scholarship.   The Department also gives other awards to deserving students, including the Lynn Mihoci Excellence in Anthropology Award, the William Porter Award for Superior Achievement in the Study of History, and the Caroline Rhodes Award for Contributions to History, Women’s Studies, and Public Service.

Highlights
The Department boasts the only public access Oral History Studio in the country.  A new Rosetta Stone laboratory, a forensic sciences laboratory, and a dedicated archaeology/computer laboratory make the department one of the most advanced in the country.

The Department offers a Chinese Mandarin workshop each semester as well as ITV courses in German, Spanish, and Russian.  A German conversation table is held every Friday.

Edinboro University is one of only two universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to offer a minor in Russian language.

Edinboro University is one of two universities in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education to offer a major in Women's Studies.

Each spring the Department hosts the regional competition for the National History Day. 

National Recognitions/Faculty and Student Scholarship
The Department is proud of its two Fulbright Scholars and the fact that every faculty member in the Department has been published and/or has presented scholarly papers at national conferences.  Anthropology, History, and World Languages faculty regularly engage in scholarly activities including conference presentations and the publication of articles and books.  Faculty conference participation includes the International Asia Studies Conference, the Latin American Studies Association, the Social Science History Association, the Society for American Archaeology, the American Anthropological Association, the Society for Medical Anthropology, the Society for Applied Anthropology,  the Physical/Forensic Anthropology Society, the Ohio Valley History Conference, the Popular Culture Association, and the Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture Association.   Our students also attend and make presentations at conferences; for example, Edinboro history majors were the first undergraduate students to present papers at the annual meeting of the Society for Military History.  Anthropology majors often present posters at conferences.

The Department publishes an annual undergraduate journal, Visions and Revisions, New Scholars New Interpretations.   Volume IV was published in Fall 2011.  Submissions come not only from EUP students but from students at institutions across the country and Canada. 

Our annual newsletter, From the Past Into the Future, highlights faculty and student accomplishments.

Internships
Students have the opportunity to do internships with such organizations as the Erie County Historical Society, Edinboro Area Historical Society, Drake's Wells, Center for American Archaeology, American Museum of Natural History, Multicultural Health Evaluation Delivery Systems, Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit (IU5), and Jewish Family and Children’s Service (Pittsburgh).

Travel Opportunities
Each year students have the opportunity to do short-term or semester long study abroad.  Every summer the Department offers a Study Abroad in Poland, where students experience Polish culture, history, and visit places such as the Auschwitz Concentration Camp.   The Department offers a Wintersession course every two or three years in Mexico.  Other study abroad opportunities include travel to England, Germany, Peru, Ecuador, and China. 

The Department also offers summer road courses within the United States, and has been doing so since 1998.  During these road courses we have traveled to the West Coast, the Northeast, the Southwest, and the South.   Cities along the way include Portland, OR, Albuquerque, NM, Seattle, WA, Birmingham, AL, New Orleans, LA, Charleston, SC, Atlanta, GA, Boston, MA, and New York City!

Each semester faculty also provide short-term travel opportunities for students to visit Washington, DC, Chicago, IL, Salem/Boston, MA, and other major metropolitan areas.

Honor Societies
Honor societies include the Beta Pi Chapter of Phi Sigma Iota, International Foreign Language Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta International History Honor Society, and Iota Iota Iota (Triota), the Women's Studies Honor Society.  Triota has inducted more than 100 members since its inception in December 1998.

Student Clubs
Students may participate in the German Conversation Club, the History Club, the Asia Club, and the Anthropology Club.

The department is also home to the award-winning Model NATO team that competes every year at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Speaker Series
The Department hosts an annual Holocaust Remembrance month, and, for the past three years has been proud to showcase a presentation by a representative from the Auschwitz Museum in Poland.   Members of the Department are also available to present on selected topics for local/regional K-12 classes as well as for various community organizations.

Graduate School
Approximately 25 percent of our history students continue to graduate school, and nearly 100% of our anthropology undergraduates who apply are accepted for advanced study.  Anthropology graduates are pursuing or have earned doctorates from prestigious schools as Brandeis, Indiana University and the University of Chicago.  World Language graduates have been accepted into such prestigious institutions as the Defense Language Institute, Bowling Green University, and Roosevelt University.  History graduates are pursuing graduate degrees from Southern Mississippi University, Texas Christian University, University of Texas-El Paso, University of Michigan, University of Pittsburgh, West Virginia University and other institutions.

Successful Alumni
Anthropology graduates are employed with Allegheny National Forest, Baltimore Photography Museum, Allegheny College, and Cornell University, as well as with many other schools and agencies.

Language graduates are employed in a wide range of careers including foreign service, government, and teaching.

History graduates are enjoying careers all over the world with such employers as University of Pittsburgh, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Air Force Museum, Carlisle Army Museum as well as with other agencies in the Federal Government and with numerous school districts.


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Degree Programs



The Office of Records and Registration maintains curriculum requirement forms for all undergraduate majors and degree programs offered by Edinboro University. The programs listed here include corresponding links to a printable form. Changes to curriculum requirements and semester sequences are not uncommon. These links are the curriculum requirements and semester sequence sheets for your major.

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