Undergraduate Program in Historical Research

The Department of History firmly believes that our majors should have the opportunity to do serious historical research in original sources. A special program has been set up for this purpose for students who cannot undertake the Honors major. Students completing this program will have this fact noted on their transcripts.

To complete it, a student must take three advanced courses with a research component. Two of these may be History research seminars (as defined in the section on the seminar requirement for the major), and one History 291-296 independent study course devoted to the writing of a paper based on original research; alternatively, a student may take one such seminar and two independent studies. Independent studies are worth one course unit of credit, and students may count up to two CUs of such credit for their History Major. Faculty who arrange independent studies with undergraduates will include a substantial research component in the work of the tutorial.

To sign up for this program, contact the Undergraduate Advisor. You should have a fairly clear focus for the research you intend to do, and you should start thinking about which faculty member with whom you would like to work.

You may also want to review research funding opportunities.