Outside of the classroom, our history students have the unique opportunity to engage in an undergraduate research or internship experience through the guidance of our faculty. Our professors have a diverse range of interests and expertise, offering students the opportunity to explore subjects across a variety of geographical regions and time periods. Unlike other universities, our research and internship opportunities are not developed for graduate students. History students at Furman have the opportunity to pursue their own areas of interest, lead independent projects, and work with faculty on professional historical research.
At Furman, there’s no shortage of research opportunities. Many of our majors engage in a two-month, intensive research experience with an individual faculty member. Students can contribute to a professor’s summer research project or conduct their own research with one-on-one instruction from a faculty member. When a student completes their work, they have the opportunity to present their findings at Furman Engaged Day or other regional history conferences.
For students interested in pursuing an internship, our department has connections with museums, government offices, and local history societies throughout the nation. Our students have interned at the Upcountry History Museum in Greenville, S.C., the Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society in Marietta, GA, and Colonial Williamsburg. In addition, the History Department co-directs an annual Study Abroad program to Edinburgh, Scotland, where history majors can pursue internships at prestigious historic sites, such as Roslyn Chapel and St. Giles Cathedral, or at the Scottish Parliament.