Journal of World History

Weber State University is the home to the editorial office of the Journal of World History (JWH). JWH publishes research into historical questions requiring the investigation of evidence on a global, comparative, cross-cultural, or transnational scale. It is devoted to the study of phenomena that transcend the boundaries of single states, regions, or cultures, such as large-scale population movements, long-distance trade, cross-cultural technology transfers, and the transnational spread of ideas. JWH is the official journal of the World History Association, and is published by the University of Hawaii Press

Students have an opportunity to work on JWH two ways, either by taking History 3530 (History Editing), offered as an independent study every semester, or by taking History 4860 (Internships in Historical Studies). Students unfamiliar with editing work are encouraged to take History 3530; History 4860 requires some experience before applying for the internship.

History 3530: History Editing
An important part of Public History is the practice of editing historical scholarship and historical documents, posters and exhibits, and online materials. This course in History Editing will focus on the practical editing skills required of a public historian in their career.  It will begin with training in copyediting and preparation of manuscripts according to The Chicago Manual of Style, allow students to gain familiarity with a variety of texts across multiple publishing venues, and then focus on the application of these skills to support the production of a scholarly journal.  Our History Department is home to The Journal of World History, a quarterly scholarly publication.  This course will provide students a “hands on” experience in managing manuscript submission, the scholarly review process, and copyediting and preparing manuscripts for publication. Based on this experience, students will develop a practical skill set for future work as both public historians and editors. No pre-requisite required.

History 4860: Internships in Historical Studies
Faculty supervised internships in public history institutions. Each internship is individually established and provides students with practical experience and the opportunity to apply and learn new professional skills. Prerequisite: Junior-class standing permission of instructor and field supervisor.  Students are also required to complete an application for the position.


Vol. 31, no. 4 (December 2020)