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Experiential Learning and History

In case you are wondering if there are opportunities for experiential learning in History, here are some of the options:


Our capstone sequence is the quintessential history’s 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.


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.


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.


Please refer to the following link:

One option is to contact one of the Rhode Island Historical and Preservation Societies. For the complete listing see:

News and Events

URI History Student and Cithara: here

Watch interview of WWII veteran of the Battle of the Bulge created by Gregory Gentile here

Students interested in joining Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society, please click here

New report finds U.S. History majors Highest Earners in Humanities

Read the Blog entry here

'Historian' Among Top Ten Jobs
The job historian is ranked as one of the top 10 careers in a recent survey discussed in the Wall Street Journal. See the story here


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