Utica College's History Project provides the department's majors with the opportunity 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,
to read the story.
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 locating sources, critical evaluation of sources, and the organization and writing of scholarly papers.
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 his or her original research. Students are also introduced to the publishing aspect of the project by learning editing techniques.
A faculty committee blind reviews the paper and selects the best papers for publication in The History Project. At the end of the semester, students present their findings at a symposium.
The Finished Product
Published journals are distributed to Utica College's Library, the Utica Public Library, the 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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