Who Are They?
Our graduate students come from all over the United States, although most come from the Mid Atlantic and Midwest regions. Some of our students enter our graduate programs immediately after college. Others join us after they've been in the workforce for a year or more. And still others enroll in our programs to enhance their current professional positions as high school teachers.
Here are just a few of the undergraduate institutions our graduate students come from:
Carnegie Mellon University (Pennsylvania)
College of St. Benedict and St. John's University (Minnesota)
Frostburg State University (Maryland)
Marist College (New York)
McDaniel College (Maryland)
Montana State University
Pfeiffer University (North Carolina)
The American University (D.C.)
University of Puget Sound (Washington)
Washington and Lee University (Virginia)
Willamette University (Oregon)
And if you really want the nitty gritty, you can learn about our graduate assistants by reading about them in our Graduate Assistant Spotlight Series on our blog!
What Do They Say About Us?
"The availability of professors outside of class was helpful. Professors were also very friendly and willing to get to know you, which allowed for a better working relationship."
--2010 Public History Graduate
"[A positive aspect of the program was] getting to work with [Professors] Mayer, Coohill and J. Parsons. Excellent professors, all very interesting and engaging."
--2012 Historical Studies Graduate
"The combination of professional classes with the internship experience was extremely helpful. I would have to say, however, that my favorite part of Duquesne is not the classes or academic experiences, but the people."
--2011 Public History Graduate
"I really enjoyed my interactions with the faculty. Everyone was accessible and generally enthusiatic. Reaching out to the faculty was easy, and no one made me feel my requests for help were an imposition. I also like how the public history program is both structured and flexible. The expectations are very straight forward, but also did allow some students wiggle room to really tailor their course selection to their interests. It made me feel like I knew what to expect without feeling trapped into a curriculum."
--2012 Public History Graduate
"[A positive aspect of the program was] the chance that I was given to 'find' where I fit as a historian. Also the flexibility of the professors and their desire to work with me even when my field of study did not match theirs was not just helpful, but encouraging."
--2012 Historical Studies Graduate
"The internships were definitely the most positive because they gave us the best idea of what it was really like to be in the field. There are certain things that you can't really get in the classroom when you are learning about pubilc history."
--2011 Public History Graduate
We encourage our graduate students to participate in scholarly discourse outside of the classroom through both national and international conference presentations. The Dean's Office within the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts can provide a portion of funding for one conference paper presentation per year for interested graduate students, which is a wonderful incentive for our students to share their research within the greater academic community.
Our department sends out Calls For Papers (CFPs) on a regular basis to our graduate student community, informing them of various opportunities to present their scholarly work. We also direct our students to H-Net Academic Announcements, which serves as a tremendous resource for upcoming conferences and publication requests.
2013-2014 Graduate Student Conference Presentations
LUKASZEWICZ, Kate. "A More Inclusive Narrative of Pittsburgh: Race Representations in a Regional History Museum." Whose History Is It Anyway? Public History in Perspective: University of Central Lancashire, Lancashire, England, September 5-6.
2012-2013 Graduate Student Conference Presentations
LUKASZEWICZ, Kate. "'The So-Called Priest-Physician': Reconstructing Father Mollinger's Charismatic Movement." Annual Meeting of the American Catholic Historical Association: Stonehill College, Brockton, Massachusettes, April 4-6.
---. "Imperfectly Understood: Father Mollinger's Divine Intervention in Post-Nativist Pittsburgh." Politics of Religion: Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, February 22-24.
O'NEIL, Gerard. "Museum 2.0: Evaulating Scalability in a New Paradigm for the Museum Profession." History Without Borders: Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, April 5-6.
---. "Jerzy Neyman: A Dissenting Voice in the Allied Mission for Observing Greek Elections, 1946." Ohio University Eighth Annual Graduate History Conference: Athens, Ohio, February 16.
2011-2012 Graduate Student Conference Presentations
O'NEIL, Gerard. "The Mess is the Message: The Legend of Mary Black's Grave in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania." Ohio University Seventh Annual Graduate History Conference: Athens, Ohio, April 14.
RIGBY, Christopher. "Static Conditions: The Legal and Illegal Eras of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade." Ohio University Seventh Annual Graduate History Conference: Athens, Ohio, April 14.
Department of History Organizations
• Interested in art and/or history?
• Want to go to galleries, museums, and other areas of interest?
• Passionate about art and public history advocacy?
• Like participating in social events for the historically and artistically inclined?
The Department of History and the Art History Program offer students the opportunities to engage in the above-mentioned activities through the Art/History Club. Faculty advisor Dr. Julia Sienkewicz can answer your questions about the club and is happy to take any recommendations for activities.
Phi Alpha Theta
The Department of History at Duquesne University is a member of the Epsilon Phi chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society. Each spring semester, our department holds an initiation ceremony and social for new inductees. You can learn more about membership requirements here.
The Department of History holds memberships in several professional organizations in the field of History. We encourage our students to explore all these organizations have to offer, including student memberships.
• American Historical Association: The Professional Association for All Historians
• H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online (Especially check out the discussion networks.)
• National Council on Public History
• Organization of American Historians (focuses on the history of North America)
• Pennsylvania Historical Association
• Phi Alpha Theta: National History Honor Society
Where do our students end up getting jobs?
The knowledge and skills our students gain after completing our graduate programs allows them a competitive edge in the job market.
Our Public History students have gone on to work at some of the most pretigious institutions in the country, including:
- The Supreme Court of the United States
- The Heinz History Center
- The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
- Wisconsin Veterans Museum Research Center
- Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area
- The Jewish Museum of Maryland
- Department of the United States Navy
- The Carnegie Museum of Art
Our Historical Studies students have gone on to work in various sectors, including:
- Ph.D. programs at instutituions such as
- Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
- University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA
- University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
- Teaching at secondary schools
- Currey Ingram Academy, Brentwood, TN
- Private consulting
- Law firms