History Resources & Opportunities

Experiential Learning

Ohio State Marion offers our majors the chance to take their history classroom knowledge and apply it through a range of local internship opportunities. Students have interned at the Marion County Historical Society, the Delaware County Historical Society and the Marion Women's Club, earning course credit while exploring how their history major could lead to careers in archival and library management, museum work, or historical education.

Examples of recent student internship projects:

  • Discovering the 19th century letters of a German-American family from Marion, OH
  • Cataloguing a collection of designer clothes from the 1950s and 1960s.
  • Transcribing the diary of a young WW1 veteran from Delaware, OH
  • Tracing the history of Black families employed by Ohio Wesleyan Univ. in the Civil War era

We require our history majors to take at least two upper-level history seminars in which they work on semester-long research projects. We also encourage students to continue this practice of independent research by offering one semester “independent study” courses or a multi-semester undergraduate thesis, supervised by our faculty. To support this independent research, our majors may apply for OSU-Marion Travel Research grants.

We also encourage our students to present their work at scholarly conferences and public events. Studying the lives of enslaved people in early Kentucky for her thesis, a recent history major received funding to travel to a number of Kentucky libraries for a week and read through multiple collections of plantation records.

Examples of recent seminar and thesis projects by history majors:

  • “The Good, The Beautiful and the True:” Lessons from a Temperance Activist on Facing Change and Moving Forward”
  • The Cold War Envelops Humanity
  • "An Honorable Life": How German Immigrants Helped Form the Middle Class, 1820s-1850s
  • Revolutions around the World: “The People Rise Up!” • “Terror of the Trading Part of the World": Atlantic Piracy in the British Empire, 1700-1750

Academic Support

The following links provide access to various resources and services that English majors will find particularly helpful for research, assistance with writing, and access to technology.

Career Services

It is never too early for students to work on a career plan for after college. Will you need to continue your education with graduate school? Do you plan to enter directly into the work force after you complete your undergraduate degree? How do you strengthen your resume or graduate school application with internships, organization membership and volunteer opportunities while in college? Ohio State Marion's Career Services Office, Maynard Hall 124, can help you with these issues. Schedule an appointment with Jane Arnold, our Career Services Coordinator, by calling (740) 725-6061.