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Professional Development

‣  The History Department Professional Development Program

The History Department offers the following graduate level courses in teaching and learning, and graduate workshops for historians.

GRSC 7770 Graduate Seminar (1-3 hours). (Required for first semester teaching assistants). Provides graduate teaching assistants with knowledge of pedagogical approaches and available support systems. Special sections are reserved for international students, with focus on use of language, pedagogy, and cultural aspects of teaching in this country. Students meet with faculty members on a regular basis. This course is a a departmental requirement and cannot be used to fulfill requirements on the program of study for a graduate degree. (S/U).

HIST 6800 History Internship (3 hours). This course is for the history major who is accepted into an internship program to gain experience in an institution or organization and who wants to earn academic credit for history- related research work in conjunction with the internship. A scholarly research paper is required. Enrollment is subject to approval of the course application. (A/F)

HIST 7400 Professional Development for Historians (3 hours). (Required for first year students in history). This professional development seminar offers graduate students hands-on preparation for launching careers as historians in academia and other settings. The course covers the trajectory of career development from conference paper submissions to job application dossiers. Students meet with faculty members on a regular basis. This course is a departmental requirement and cannot be used to fulfill requirements on the program of study for a graduate degree. (S/U).

HIST 8001 Teaching History in Colleges and Universities (3 hours). For doctoral students in history (required). The variety of methods appropriate to instruction in college-level survey history courses. Students will develop syllabi and course materials in preparation for teaching their own surveys. (S/U).

Professional Development Workshops (PDW) Workshops in recent years have covered topics such as classroom emergencies, federal job search, conflict de-escalation training, the resume and cv, and publishing your research, among other subjects.

‣ Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies

The Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies at Georgia uses a broad understanding of museums, practical experience in museum work, and the role of museums. The program prepares students for museum careers by adding specific, museum-based instruction to existing departmental academic studies. Students achieve the capacity to investigate and accomplish objectives in the museum field through discipline-based knowledge, museum theory, and experiential learning. The instructors and courses offered through this program are interdisciplinary, representing a range of departments.

Public History Internship Program in Washington, D.C. (summer)

Public History is the work that historians do outside of the university to bring history to a wider audience. This can take place in many different settings but includes historic sites, museums, archives, libraries, parks, and monuments. The history department's summer program in Washington consists of a two course sequence (6 credits) in Public History: HIST 6026, Public History in Washington DC,  and HIST 6800, Internship in History. Please contact Dr. Akela Reason for information on applying.

UGA Grad Studies Professional Development

The Graduate School proudly sponsors and/or offers a variety of professional development programs and resources for students. For more information about each one, please refer to the following resources:

  UGA's Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) Professional Development

CTL offers classes, workshops, and support for graduate students to help them prepare for careers in higher education.

‣  Franklin College Writing Intensive Program (WIP)

The program trains discipline-specific graduate students to serve as teaching assistants to support Writing Intensive Program courses. Each Writing Intensive Program course, competitively selected, is provided with a specially trained TA to support participating faculty as a “writing coach.” WIP offers workshops, TA training, and a certificate.

‣  UGA Human Resources Training & Development

The HR department offers a wide variety of world-class professional and personal development opportunities for all UGA staff and faculty.

‣  UGA Career Services 

The UGA Career Center is the sole provider (except for MBA and Law students) of centralized career services to undergraduate, graduate students, and alumni at The University of Georgia.  Graduate students have a specific Career Consultant liaison based on their academic area of study.  Call the Career Center at 706-542-3375 to schedule an appointment with your consultant today!

In recognition that graduate students’ career needs vary by the level of degree attainment, the Career Center has provided resources broken down by the current degree level of students:

Other sites

‣  The American Historical Association's Career Diversity for Historians  - The AHA's Career Diversity for Historians initiative is working to better prepare graduate students and early-career historians for a range of career options, within and beyond the academy.

"Where Historians Work: How to Find Yourself in the Data," July 10, 2017. Not sure what you're going to do with that degree in history? The American Historical Association has a great article with some profiles of historians and their diverse careers.

The Society for History in the Federal Government  -  Internships in Federal History (PDF)




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