Department of History

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Bachelor of Arts in History

Experiential Learning

As a history major or minor at URI there are several ways for students to take advantage of experiential learning:

 

Capstones

Our capstone sequence is the quintessential history experience. You will go through the steps required to produce a history research paper and then you will write it. You will learn research methods, historiography, and how to formulate your own hypothesis that will end in a thesis. You will work with primary source documents. The end result of the capstone is a “professional” history paper.


Minors

Certain minors offer hands-on experience, most notably our Underwater Archaeology minor.


Field Schools

Israel Archaeology Field School and Bermuda Field School led by URI faculty.


Courses

An example:
HIS 391 – Directed Study or Research. Students can complete directed studies on various experiential topics, an oral history of WWII with local veterans, for example, or the reading of original medieval texts while learning Latin and paleography.


Internships

The University’s Center for Career and Experiential Learning is a good place for students to begin their search for an internship.

Another option is for students to contact one of the Rhode Island Historical and Preservation Societies.

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