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Senior History Projects


History majors at Plattsburgh cap their studies by writing a significant piece of historical scholarship. Students are assigned to work with faculty mentors in designing and carrying out this intensive research project. Registration for the Senior Project (HIS 485/486/490) requires departmental approval, and students must submit a formal project proposal. Proposal materials are available in the History Department Office.

A Sampling of Senior Projects from Recent Semesters


Spring 2018

  • Kristen Foland, “Looking for Hell? It’s Here and Now: How Robert Rauschenberg and Sandow Birk used Dante’s Inferno to Critique Modern American Society”
  • Michael Colon, “How a Nickel Changed the System: Fare and Politics in New York City’s Subways”
  • Jackie Mead, “Who Does History Remember?: Untold Stories of the Battle of Plattsburgh”
  • James Demerse, “The Real Relationship between Sir William Johnson and the Native Americans”
  • Benjamin Chapin, “Dr. Shock: Donald Ewen Cameron and MKUltra Subproject 68”

Fall 2017

  • Eric Powers, “When the Grand Old Party was Young”
  • Matthew Hoth, “Selling Themselves: Advertisers’ Path to Professionalism”
  • Eun Young Shin, “Remembering Ahn Jung-geun: A Korean National Hero”
  • John Stoddard, “Reagan’s Rollback: Understanding why President Ronald Reagan Poked the Bear”
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