History majors can pursue individual research in two ways.
First, majors can write history papers and theses based on original research in HIST 200. Historical Methods and Historiography or in one of our intensive history courses. The latter are courses with lower enrollments that are just for history majors in which the professor works with the students to focus on a particular topic. Majors also have the option of doing an independent study or senior thesis with a faculty member.
The second way history majors can engage in research is through one of the public history courses:
Students taking public history courses engage in hands-on history, working in the field to create exhibits, web pages, podcasts, and history as it is found outside the academy. Their projects are used by archives and museums and help history majors explore career opportunties in related fields. Many of these projects can be found in the University archive's web site (maintained by Dennis Frank).
||Courtney Sullivan '08 completed a project entitled, "The Escalation of Violence during the Reign of Terror." To see a summary of Courtney's project, click on the thumbnail to the left. For more examples of student research projects, visit our Student Projects web page.