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Historical Communications Major

Do you love history and communications and seek a career that will draw from both of these strengths?  This innovative major may be for you. 

Historical communications (H-COM) is a pioneering, interdisciplinary program that provides the opportunity for students to engage in a comprehensive study of both history and communications and their interconnections over time.  Lebanon Valley College is one of the few four-year colleges to offer such a program, which is designed to prepare students for professional research, writing, and editorial positions in emerging fields in digital & social media, as well as more established media & fields such as radio, television, motion pictures, cable, popular history magazines, theatrical history, public history, museums, local historical organizations, and oral history. It is especially geared toward students interested in working in the field of communications but want to have history rather than English as their "intellectual core." Students are expected to master various kinds of writing styles, including analytical historical essays, journalism, and public relations. These majors have often been stronger than many traditional majors. 

Graduates of this program have gone on to work for museums (the Nixon Presidential Library), in politics (Democracy For America), in insurance, and teaching English at a community college, among other interesting careers. 


Degree Requirements: Bachelor of Arts with a major in historical communications

Required courses:

ENG 140 Intro to Media in Digital Age
ENG 213 Journalism: News Reporting
HIS 250 Historian's Craft
HIS 400 Internship
 

One of:

HIS 460 Undergraduate Research
HIS 499 Senior Seminar in History
 

Also required:

  • Three 3 credit 100-level history courses.
  • Three history electives, including one at the 300 level and two non-U.S.

Three additional electives (9 credits) drawn from these courses or approved special topics courses:

BUS 285 Organizational Communications
DCOM 130 Principles of Informat. Design
DCOM 290 Special Topics
DCOM 390 Special Topics
ENG 217 Multimedia Narratives
ENG 314 Public Relations/Digital Age
ENG 315 Editing
ENG 316 Journalism in the Digital Age
ENG 317 Multimedia Feature Writing
ENG 318 Persuasive Communications
ENG 380 Politics & Media/Digital Age