American Studies Seminar at the American Antiquarian Society
Each fall, the American Antiquarian Society and five Worcester Colleges sponsor an American Studies research seminar at the Antiquarian Society. The seminar is conducted by a scholar familiar with the Society’s world-renowned holdings in early American history and culture, and the seminar topic is related to his or her field of research. Selection is highly competitive. The participating students are chosen by a screening committee made up of representatives of the five participating colleges: Assumption College, Clark University, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Worcester State College. The seminar topic and research methods combine several disciplines, and students from a wide variety of majors have participated successfully in this unique undergraduate opportunity. Follow the student blog
This academic partnership is available for students from all majors, not only history, and provides preferred admission, as well as advanced standing: up to two courses of graduate credit for classes completed at Assumption College, including for instance, the History Seminar (HIS391) and Pro-seminar (HIS393WE), the American Studies Seminar (AAS350), the Vocations in Public History class (HIS366), and the Women of the World class (WMS385). Minimum requirements include a 3.0 GPA, and completed application. Contact Professor Deborah Kisatsky or Carl Keyes for additional details and requirements.
Moggio Essay Prize
The Moggio Essay Prize goes to the Assumption students who, in the opinion of a committee of the history faculty, write the best history essay and historical research paper in the preceding two semesters. The research paper winner receives a $75 book coupon and certificate, and the essay winner receives a $50 book coupon and certificate. The awards are presented each spring during the Phi Alpha Theta initiation, and are also mentioned during the Honors Convocation ceremony. Students and faculty are encouraged to submit copies of essays during the year for consideration.
Funding may be available for research assistantships for advanced students engaging in collaborative research with an Assumption faculty member. Topics and responsibilities may vary according to the program of research. For an example, follow the student blog.
Each year the department awards a prize at Honors Convocation in the Spring Term for the graduating History Major with the highest GPA and record of achievement.
Assumption College Undergraduate Research Symposium
Each year in the spring term, history students take part in presenting their research in a public conference. Students are especially encouraged to present their research projects from History department's seminar and pro-seminar and the American Studies Seminar at the American Antiquarian Society, as well as projects they develop while working as research assistants with History faculty.
Regional Phi Alpha Theta Conferences
In the spring term, history students can take part in local or national history honors society conferences.
During the fall and spring semesters, and over the summer, many of Assumption’s history students travel the world while taking part in exciting study abroad programs. View the recent testimonials of history majors Rebecca Petty, David Paradise and Christine Delany, and visit the webpages for Study Abroad to learn more. Since the Spring of 2013, students also have the opportunity to study at Assumption’s Rome Campus.