Undergraduate Research in the Humanities
Last Updated: 05/18/2009
Faculty: Greg Mullins literature
Faculty Signature Required: Students must submit a provisional project description and a list of coursework that has prepared them to pursue advanced undergraduate research in the humanities. Application forms are available at the Academic Fair or by contacting Greg Mullins at 360-867-6243. Applications received within 24 hours of the Academic Fair, March 5, 2009, will be given priority. Qualified students will be accepted until the program fills.
Major areas of study include literature, history and philosophy.
Class Standing: Juniors or seniors; transfer students welcome.
Prerequisites: At least thirty-two quarter credits of sophomore level or above college study of humanities or related social science or arts disciplines.
Many students wish to pursue a senior project involving substantive independent research and writing. This program is designed for students in their junior year, or the first or second quarters of their senior year, to prepare them for advanced research and writing in the humanities. Over the ten weeks of spring quarter we will read a sequence of texts in common; we will analyze them not only for content but also for methodology. We will study what kinds of sources, evidence, interpretive paradigms and arguments are demanded by humanities fields such as history, literature and philosophy, and by interdisciplinary fields such as American studies, women’s studies and cultural studies.
By better understanding what makes research publishable, students will gain a keen appreciation for the methods and rhetorical strategies that they will need to master in order to pursue their own independent studies. Students will research and write about a topic of their choice, with the goal of laying a solid foundation for a senior thesis or project.
Credits: 12 or 16 per quarter
Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in the humanities, education, research and writing.
Planning Units: Culture, Text and Language