Undergraduate Research in the Humanities

Fall 2016
Winter 2017
Spring 2017
Variable credit.
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Students of the humanities who are nearing the end of their Evergreen education may wish to pursue a major research project, senior thesis, or capstone project in their particular field of interest. Often, the goal is to construct an original argument around a particular body of literature, set of ideas, or historical events. These kinds of projects develop advanced research skills in the humanities, including the ability to read deeply and critically in a particular field, and to discover and engage with important theoretical writings in that field. Students will also gain valuable skills in reading, analyzing, synthesizing, writing, and editing long pieces of complex prose. The best kinds of this work will be invaluable for graduate school applications, and will be an asset to those entering the job market directly following graduation.

Stacey Davis (European history) specializes in French history from the 18th century to the present, as well as the history of French colonies in North and West Africa. Students who wish to study European social, cultural, political, intellectual, or religious history from the Middle Ages to the present, including topics in the history of gender and sociocultural aspects of the history of art, are welcome to propose research projects. Students are welcome to work with Dr. Davis on her ongoing research projects on 19th-century political prisoners, notions of citizenship and democracy in modern Europe, memory, and the history of aging. 

Nancy Koppelman (American studies) specializes in American social, literary, and intellectual history until 1920. Students who wish to study in these fields are welcome to propose research projects and senior theses. Particular interests include the social and intellectual history of the Puritans; the founding generation, immigrants, the working class, and the middle class; industrialization and reform movements; pragmatic philosophy; the history of childhood; and the history of technology and consumer culture. Students are also welcome to work with Nancy on her ongoing research projects on the histories of social/economic mobility and of individual physical movement.

Trevor Speller (British/anglophone literature) specializes in British and Anglophone literature from the 17th century to the present. Students who wish to study literature and literary theory from the Middle Ages to the present are welcome to propose research projects, including capstone projects and senior theses. Previous projects have included studies of Virginia Woolf, Romantic women writers, and travel writing. Dr. Speller is looking for students to assist with his ongoing research projects around the rise of the novel, experimental literature, and conceptions of modernity.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in: literature, history, and the humanities.

Online learning:
  • No Required Online Learning - No access to web tools required. Any web tools provided are optional.

Scheduled for: Day

Located in: Olympia