History and Political Science

Degrees and Certificates

Classes

HPS 100: The Detective: Introduction to HPS

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.

HPS 240: CSC Oral History Project

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‚Äôs 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.

HPS 285: HPS Internship

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.

HPS 485: HPS Internship

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.

HPS 486: HPS Research Methods

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.

HPS 487: HPS Advanced Research Seminar

In this course students carry out the research projects they designed in HPS 486. The final project must make extensive use of primary research and appropriate research methods. A faculty sponsor guides students as they implement the research project, helping them analyze findings and present their conclusions. Formal presentation of the results at the end of the project is required.