Undergraduate Research in the Humanities with N. Koppelman

Fall 2017, Winter 2018, and Spring 2018 quarters

Taught by

American studies

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 contruct 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.

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.

Program Details

Fields of Study

literature philosophy political science

Preparatory For

literature, history and the humanities.


Fall Signature Winter Signature Spring Signature

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Online Learning

No Required Online Learning