Our distinguished, teaching-focused faculty members provide a dynamic learning environment where you can explore the fascinating people, events, and ideas of the past through innovative classes, hands-on research, and experiential learning.
A distinctive feature of Ship's BSEd program is that we have two faculty members who serve as special academic advisors to our students pursuing teacher certification. Both of these faculty members were high school history teachers who chose to return and earn their doctoral degrees, so they are history scholars and experienced classroom teachers. These faculty help students navigate the university and state requirements for teacher certification, teach the department's course on social studies teaching methods, and supervise student teachers in the field.
Shippensburg University is home to the Fashion Archive and Museum, a professional history museum with a collection of over 14,000 artifacts. The Fashion Archives provides you with a convenient opportunity to volunteer, intern, and gain high-quality professional museum experience without leaving the Shippensburg campus.
Nearby historical sites and institutions offer unusually rich resources for the study of history. Recently, students have arranged internships at such places as:
- Cumberland County Historical Society
- Gettysburg National Military Park
- Pennsylvania State Museum and Archives
- US Army Heritage and Education Center
- US Civil War Museum
Internships may also be arranged with historical institutions anywhere in Pennsylvania or the United States.
Our program has a large and active network of alumni working in education, business, and public history. The department actively connects current students with our graduates by bringing alumni to campus to lecture, conduct workshops, and share their professional experiences with our history majors.