History

History Majors on the Conference Track

This spring, five Alma College History majors made conference presentations based on their independent research projects.

Research is a fundamental skill for students in Alma College’s History Department. All history majors take at least four upper-level courses in which the final product is a substantial research paper. If a student produces a paper of exceptional quality, a professor may recommend presenting the project at an external conference.

Each year, some of the department’s most diligent students take on the goal of writing a senior thesis. They begin by choosing a specific historical topic of interest to them. Sometimes, they take a research project that they began in a 300-level course, and they expand it. Others begin an entirely new topic. Under the supervision of a professor, they identify an extensive list of relevant readings, including both primary and secondary sources. After much research, they begin to put their ideas together into written drafts. The final product is a substantial research paper of approximately 25 to 30 pages, though some students write more. Each student makes a presentation both at the college’s annual Honors Day as well as at an external conference.

The faculty of the History Department congratulates Jacob Fox, Jacob Judd, Joshua Pretzer, Steven Smith, and Katherine Vaillancourt on their hard work and their successful presentations!

 

Jacob Fox

“The Political Professor: How Non-Governmental Intellectuals Influenced Franklin Roosevelt’s ‘Court-Packing’ Plan”

Phi Alpha Theta Michigan Regional Conference, Oakland University, April 2016

Advisor: Kristin Olbertson

 

Jacob Judd

“The Devil’s Brood: Henry II and his Relationship with his Children”

Phi Alpha Theta Michigan Regional Conference, Oakland University, April 2016

Advisor: Danny Wasserman

 

Joshua Pretzer

“The Power of the Cherokee Lobby: How Did the Cherokee Lobby Successfully Influence the Supreme Court and American Government?”

Clement S. Stacy Undergraduate Research Conference, Purdue University Northwest, April 2016

Advisor: Kristin Olbertson

 

Steven Smith

“Bede and the Development of English National Identity”

Phi Alpha Theta Michigan Regional Conference, Oakland University, April 2016

Advisor: Danny Wasserman

 

Katherine Vaillancourt

“Ramon Llull’s New Religious Conversion Method as a Model for Peace”

Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters, Saginaw Valley State University, March 2016

Advisor: Danny Wasserman

 

Story published on May 02, 2016