Degrees and Certificates
History and Political Studies: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.),Bachelor of Arts
Political Studies Minor,Minor
This course provides an introduction to the detective work necessary to study history and political studies. It considers epistemological issues such as fact, truth and inference and introduces research methods. Opportunities for deepening archival and primary document research and analysis and gaining an introduction to careers in archival and public history are provided through the required practicum experience in the Colby-Sawyer College archives.
Oral history is an important tool utilized by contemporary historians and other social scientists. Documenting the voices of those often excluded by more traditional historical methods, oral history has expanded the subjects of history (women, laborers, ethnic and racial groups, gays and lesbians, etc.) and has resulted in new interpretations of the past and present. Students participate in an on-going project directed by the college’s archives to create an oral history of the college and surrounding community. Repeatable for a total of 4 credits. Content will vary each time the course is taken.
This internship gives students the opportunity to gain experience in the skills associated with the study of history and political studies as well as with career opportunities available to graduates. Internships include archives and historical societies, museums, law offices, political campaigns and public radio. Graded Pass/Fail. Internships are arranged through the Harrington Center with approval and evaluation by faculty sponsors. Specific information is available from the Harrington Center.
Through this 120-hour minimum internship students gain professional experience in applying the skills and methods associated with the study of history, society and culture as well as career opportunities available to graduates. Internships include archives and historical societies, museums, law offices, political campaigns and public radio. Generally, this course is completed at a single internship site, but may be divided between two sites with the permission of the instructor. Graded Pass/Fail. Specific information is available from the Harrington Center.
Students design a research plan that facilitates an original exploration of a particular theme drawn from history, society and culture studies. Students begin by conducting an extensive review of the literature of their research topic and learn about (and practice) research techniques used in the social sciences, such as surveys, archival research and oral history interviews. This plan synthesizes their own and existing research and thinking. Students carry out the research plan in HPS 487.