Why Study History?
History is the study of the people, places, and events that have shaped the past. Just as importantly, history can also inform the present, helping us to ask challenging questions about our own times. At Prairie State College (PSC) we offer classes that examine a number of diverse areas of historical study, ranging from different aspects of United States history to the wider world in ancient and modern times. Current history course offerings can be found in the PSC Catalog, and the online class schedule in WebAdvisor.
What can you do with a degree in History or the Liberal Arts?
Students who study history or earn a degree in the Liberal Arts work in many different fields. History majors have traditionally found jobs in teaching, museum work, journalism, the law, or politics, but the skills learned from studying history can be applied to a wide range of jobs. The critical thinking and writing skills acquired while earning a degree in history or the Liberal Arts are often in high demand outside of academic study. For more information about careers in history or the Liberal Arts, feel free to speak with a history faculty member, or read the following article published by the American Historical Association about entering the job market with a BA in History.
Degrees and Certificates
Dr. Justin Pariseau
Associate Professor/Coordinator, History
Dr. Pariseau teaches courses on the history of the United States, African American history, Latin American history, and World history. He received his Ph.D. in American history from the College of William & Mary in 2015. In his dissertation, “Sea of Change: Race, Abolitionism, and Reform in the New England Whale Fishery,” he examined the role of black and white reformers in the nineteenth-century antislavery movement, and how the whaling industry facilitated those efforts. Dr. Pariseau also holds his M.A. in history from the College of William & Mary (2005), and his B.A. in history, magna cum laude, from Boston College (2003).
In addition to teaching, Dr. Pariseau has worked in the field of public history for the Nantucket Historical Association, the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, providing museum interpretation and conducting research for education outreach on topics relating to early American history. He has also researched and written on issues of race, slavery, and abolitionism in early American history. Dr. Pariseau is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, America’s oldest academic honor society, and Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society.
Dr. Leslie Tischauser
A number of dedicated adjunct faculty members offer history courses at PSC. Adjunct faculty can be reached via the contact information you will receive the first day of class. You may also try stopping by the Adjunct Faculty Office, located on the fourth floor of Main Building in room 4195, when your professor is on campus.
Office 4195, firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephen Tallackson, Adjunct Professor, History
Office 4195, email@example.com
Research Field - African-American History
Professional Memberships - American Historical Association; Organization of American Historians
- B.A., Northeastern Illinois University
- M.A., the University of Chicago
- ABD, the University of Chicago
John Zager, Adjunct Professor, History
Office 4195, firstname.lastname@example.org
Research Field - Nineteenth-Century Labor
- A.A., Prairie State College
- B.A., Purdue University Northwest
- M.A., Purdue University Northwest
Constitution Day is an American federal observance to recognize the signing of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787 in Philadelphia.
In 2005, Sen. Robert Byrd from West Virginia, fearing Americans were forgetting our history, added an amendment to the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005, designating September 17 as Constitution Day. Institutions receiving federal funds as well as federal agencies are mandated to hold educational programs to commemorate this anniversary. If the actual birthday of the Constitution falls on a weekend, the day adjacent to this day is observed. Constitution Day also serves as a reminder to participate in the political process by exercising our right to vote.
Here are some great on-line resources to help you learn more about the Constitution.
- The Constitution
- Interactive Constitution
- Bill of Rights Institute
- National Archive online feature
- Biographical sketches of the 39 signers of the constitution
- Founding Documents
- Books and Resources from the Prairie State College Library
Some activities and videos about the Constitution
Websites for the Senate and the House of Representatives
In celebration of Constitution and Citizenship Day, please join fellow PSC Honors Program students and faculty for a roundtable discussion of the Constitution and Cake, highlighting this summer’s Supreme Court ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.
Monday, September 17 (Constitution Day!)
2:30pm – 3:30pm
Honors Program Classroom, Main Campus 2616
We will talk about how this case involving cake touched on fundamental constitutional rights. We will also discuss the role of the judiciary in interpreting the Constitution. Dr. Justin Pariseau, Associate Professor of History, will serve as moderator. Dr. Alanna Cotch, Professor of English/Honors Program Coordinator, will be available to talk about the PSC Honors Program. All are welcome to attend! Cake and punch will be served!