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Undergraduate Research

Molly Brookfield, Mel Neal, Laura Marsh, and Emma Stout (left to right) examine a map in the Bentley Historical Library for the Michigan in the World program. (photo: Cinda Nofziger)

Undergraduate Research in History

All history majors have the opportunity engage in original research. Our History Colloquia and History 395 courses emphasize original investigations, including using the university’s many libraries and collections. Students accepted into the History Honors embark on a major research project that culminates in a thesis. Students interested in public history—presenting historical research to public audiences—can explore Michigan in the World, where they will create online exhibits focusing on U-M's role on global events. Our HistoryLab courses offer further opportunities for students to apply historical research in the service of the public. Additionally, History majors, as well as students from other affiliated disciplines, can publish their work in the Michigan Journal of History, a History student-run organization that promotes undergraduate research. 

Some History faculty rely on undergraduate students as independent research assistants or as partners in the university's Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP). Students may also find paid research assitantships with faculty or via the Student Employment Office.

Help with Navigating the Libraries

Maura Seale is the dedicated History librarian, with special expertise in history, digital history, and digital humanities. 

Research librarians can help with many aspects of your coursework, from finding the best source materials to using technology. Subject specialists like Maura can help you find relevant books, articles, databases, and other resources. Maura maintains Research Guides in general history and specialty areas, which point you to reference materials and offer help with citations and finding resources. You’ll find links on her library web page.

The library has also published a Student Guide with information about resources around campus.