The WHC enthusiastically supports the undergraduate and graduate curricula of the Department of History. The Center offers a graduate fellowship in World History, graduate student research and travel funding, and a Graduate Student Assistantship in Public History. Prospective graduate students interested in graduate study in world history at Pitt should contact the Center. We offer our space as a resource for students and faculty performing research related to world history, and we offer an undergraduate internship for students who aspire to perform historical research at the global scale. The Center also serves as the headquarters for the Alliance for Learning in World History (ALWH).
The WHC also offers several kinds of support for World History teaching assistants and instructors at Pitt. We help to administer the Credential in World History Teaching, which recognizes Pitt graduate students who have completed World History coursework, developed World History curricula, and taught World History courses. We also maintain a small library of World History textbooks that instructors may consult as they design their courses. Finally, we offer a variety of workshops that provide World History instructors, especially those who are new to the field, opportunities to learn from seasoned instructors and from one another.
The Alliance for Learning in World History (ALWH) is a collaboration of educators and history scholars organized to advance the teaching and learning of world history in classrooms—in the U.S. and in every part of the world. ALWH links leading practitioners in world history scholarship, curriculum, teacher preparation, professional development, and educational research.
Undergraduate Internship Program
The WHC is developing an Undergraduate Internship Program with a focus on training in digital history. This initiative will permit students to practice digital history, complete digital publications, and perform independent research. As it grows and persists, the initiative will gradually produce a world historical map of engaging projects.
Graduate Student Assistants
The World History Center funds a three-term Graduate Student Assistant (GSA) position in Public History each academic year. The program is open to any Pitt graduate student with an interest in world history and creating a public-facing project with the goal of communicating with a non-academic audience about a topic in the transregional or global past.