The History Project
Utica College's History Project allows history majors the chance to perform original research and gives students the opportunity to have their findings published in a journal that is distributed locally.
"I think it's rather unusual to have this built into the curriculum," says David Wittner, professor of history. "The students come into this at a time when they are focusing on graduation. But after performing original research, and working hard on their projects, they realize the value of walking away with tangible evidence of our program and what they've learned. This is more than a senior thesis, which usually doesn't get saved. With this program, students walk away from the class with a publication."
The History Project is the culmination of two-semesters of work.
It allows students to perform original research, and gives them the chance to publish their findings.
In 2004, the History Project was recognized by the Council of Independent Colleges and Universities,
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The most recent History Project issue is "The Cold War Era At Home in Utica, New York" Forthcoming is Volume XIV. Each is the culmination of two semesters of advanced work.
Students start the program with HIS 455 Historical Methods. This course is designed to train students in historial research, including location of sources, critical evaluation of sources, and the organization and writing of scholarly papers. It also reviews the works by significant historians of the past.
In HIS 455, the professor involved identifies a theme. The students then select and research a related topic. During the following spring semester, students enroll in HIS 456, Guided Historical Research. In 456, each student completes a 20 to 30-page paper based on their original research. Students are introduced to the publishing aspect of the project as well, learning software programs such as Quark Express, In Design, and using and learning editing techniques.
Completed papers are then blind reviewed by a faculty committee which selects the best papers for The History Project. At the end of the semester, students have the chance to present their findings in an academic setting that's open to the public.
The Finished Product
Published journals are distributed to Utica College's Library, the Utica Public Library, Oneida County Historical Society, and 27 high school libraries in Oneida, Herkimer, and Madison counties. Journals are also available for purchase.
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