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Joe Makuc


History and English




Magic Club, Lantern Literary Magazine, Gaming and Technology House (Special Interest Housing)


President (Magic Club), Fiction Editor (Lantern), Program Coordinator (Gaming and Technology House)


I have diverse interests–writing, boating, cooking–but I have diverse interests within history, too–local history, gender history, history theory. I see history as the process of living with the past, recalling and organizing how we’ve been, so history is what I do and my identity.

Most Memorable Moment in Class

I have fulfilling memories of teaching a class meeting with a group in Historiography (HIST-200) this year–I and my partners got the opportunity to teach history’s interplay with sociology and anthropology to our classmates and our professor. I learned a lot about both the material and teaching in the process.


I intend to intern at the Housatonic Heritage Oral History Center at Berkshire Community College for my ILE. I’ve already worked for the Center doing oral history transcriptions, and I hope to further record the stories of my hometown through oral history.

My Experience

History majors Shelby Bryant and Morgan Larese gave me a warm welcome to Ursinus, and Dr. Doughty’s illuminating Modern World History course ensured I took their major. The History department is Ursinus at its best: the professors are lucid and engaging and the courses are enjoyable and challenging. History at Ursinus doesn’t merely seek to offer “one thing after another,” but an ongoing investigation into our relationship with the past.