Sherri Cash, Ph.D.
Chair, History and International Studies
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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 "Victorian Utica: The Long Century"  Forthcoming is Volume XIII.  Each is the culmination of two semesters of advanced work. 

Getting Started

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.

* You can request a copy by contacting Mary Dobek via e-mail at, or
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  Industrialization and Deindustrialization  1919 A Year of Crisis  Faces in the Crowd: Ethnic Portraits  Building the Mohawk Valley
 Industrialization and Deindustrialization
in the Utica, NY Area: Economy, Politics, Society
1919: A Year of Crisis and Change in New York State Faces in the Crowd: Ethnic Portraits Building the Mohawk Valley: Enterprise and Society
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                    War and Terror       Workers and Working Class Culture          Depression          Changes in the Country           Swanson   

                          War and Terror:       Workers and Working       The Great Depression             Changes in the            A Return to Normality:
                        Central New York       Class Culture in the        and the Mohawk Valley           Country: Rural                 Readjusting to 
                           Reacts                  Mohawk Valley                                                            Transformations        Peacetime after Conflict
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  Young2       Cash_ Century          Victorian Utica Cover           Cold War Cover

    Civil Rights in the
     A Century in Central               Victorian Utica:                  The Cold War Era
    Mohawk Valley                  New York                   The Long Century       At Home in Utica New York
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