Department of History
Archival Studies and Community Documentation
The minor is open to students majoring variety of disciplines. It would be particularly useful to students engaged in the study of community (for example, in the fields of anthropology, ethnic or American studies, history, music, political science, psychology, and sociology) and to education majors who intend to study community in their elementary- and secondary-school classrooms.
Aims of the Minor
The minor in Archival Studies and Community Documentation:
A key component of the minor in Archival Studies and Community Documentation is an internship program in which students gain firsthand experience by working in local organizations. This critical field experience will provide a foundation in archival management and community history and offer students the opportunity to make important contacts with professional archivists, curators, educators, and public historians. Typical activities of interns include processing archival collections, researching community history projects, assisting in the production of Web sites or CD-ROMS, and organizing local history exhibitions and curricula.
Internship sites, which are described in the Internship Site brochure, include:
Students must complete 15 credits for the minor, consisting of two courses in theory and methodology (6 credits); one community-focused course (3 credits); and two internship courses (6 credits). Two of the required classroom courses must be completed before students begin their internships.
Theory and methodology courses (6 credits)
History 69.1 Introduction to Archival Management
History 69.2 Oral History: Theory and Practice
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor
Community-focused courses (3 credits)
Africana Studies 41:The Black Urban Experience
Internship courses (6 credits)
History 78. I and 78.2 Internships in Public History I and II
Nine hours of fieldwork per week. Applied training in such areas of
public history as archival and museum management, mounting historical
exhibits, and collection classification. To be pursued in conjunction with
an institution outside the college under the supervision.of a faculty
member from the History Department. Students will chronicle their field
experience. Prerequisite: History 69.1 or permission of the