Research Opportunities

As a history student, it's essential that you learn how to conduct high-level research.

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Why Choose
Cedar Crest?
  • Personalized attention
  • Average class size <20
  • Women's leadership opportunities
  • Flexibility to add dual major, minor

Gain valuable perspective on today's global society through the study of history.

LuAnn McCracken Fletcher, Ph.D.
Chair of the Department of History, Literature, and Languages
610-437-4471 ext. 3396

Student Research Opportunities

As a history student, it’s essential that you learn how to conduct high-level research. Excellent research enables you to support your findings...and to bring them to life through papers, exhibits and presentations. That’s why one of our top priorities is to train our history students in the latest and most effective research techniques.

Beginning your first year, you will work closely with the faculty in the history department to:

  • Become proficient in the use of the latest research methodologies, including such on-line resources as JSTOR, Google Scholar, First Search, and the National Archives and Records Administration.
  • Choose a topic to explore through independent study
  • Research and write scholarly papers on a historical topics
  • Select and complete a senior research seminar project, which will focus on the use and interpretation of primary sources

Senior Research Seminar

The course “HIS 350 Senior Research Seminar” provides senior history majors with advanced study of the important research techniques used by historians. In addition, it requires students to employ such techniques to develop, pursue and complete a lengthy research paper (based, in part, on the substantial use of primary sources) appropriate to their program and interests. During this course, particular attention is paid to:

  • Logical thinking and quantitative analysis
  • The use of indices, databases and on-line services
  • The pursuit and critical evaluation of evidence
  • A mastery of the essay form of scholarly writing

Recent Research Topics

Some of the topics that recent Cedar Crest history students have researched include:

  • U.S. policy of rescinding war crimes charges against Japanese scientists who cooperated with the U.S. after World War II
  • “The Weeping Time,” the largest slave sale in U.S. history
  • Media treatment of the Lizzy Borden crimes
  • History of fashion design in Hollywood films
  • The assassination of Malcolm X