For students wanting to engage in advanced-level and experiential work in history, a number of opportunities exist in the department.
Independent Study: students may, with the approval of an appropriate faculty member, engage in study of a subject that is not the focus of a current in-class course. Independent study compliments work performed in other courses and allows the student to learn the subject independently. Instructors guide the student through his or her studies, not “teaching” the subject, but overseeing and engaging in dialog, often in weekly meetings, as the student explores the subject. The end result of the Independent Study is usually a major research paper. Follow this link for more information and specific requirements.
Internships: in an internship the student engages in experiential learning revolving around history, historical interpretation, and/or historical conservation practices in real world settings. Internships should compliment, not replace, in-class course work, and allow students to compare in-class studies with out of class experiences. Students in history have completed internships with in-state agencies ranging from the Idaho Historical Society and State Historical Library to the Idaho Black History Museum and the Herrett Center for Arts and Sciences and also with national agencies such as the Smithsonian Institution and the U.S. Navy Museum (through sponsorship of the The Washington Center). Any agency engaging in historical interpretation and / or preservation may serve as a sponsor of historical internships. Follow this link for more information and specific requirements.
Departmental Honors: students who intend to study history at the graduate or professional level should consider either completing an Independent Study project in their area of interest or produce an advanced historical research project under the Departmental Honors option. Under Departmental Honors students are encouraged to produce a project of scope and sophistication capable of demonstrating their potential for graduate work—incorporating both historiography and primary source research components. Completing a project of these dimensions will help prepare students for graduate or professional school after graduation. In addition, students who successfully complete the Departmental Honors program do not have to complete the senior capstone course for the major, HIS 400. Follow this link for more information, specific requirements, and the application form.