Opportunities for Special Study
Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies
Directed Inquiry refers to independent study with a faculty member. Students interested in pursuing Honors Research in History are encouraged to enroll in directed inquiry during the second semester of the junior year. Credits for a directed inquiry range from one to four. Forty-six hours of work, including time spent reading or writing, are required for each credit earned. Proposals for directed inquiry must be submitted for approval to the chair of the Department. Click here to access the form for a directed inquiry.
Students interested in engaging in in-depth archival and bibliographical research can apply to undertake an Honors Project during the senior year. After the applicant’s research proposal is approved by the Department, the student works with a faculty committee to conduct primary research and craft a 50-60 page research paper. The student presents his/her work at a campus-wide colloquium in the spring and is listed as having completed Honors Research in the College’s commencement program. Honors research carries a maximum of 8 credits and is recommended for those interested in pursuing graduate study in history. For more detailed information see Honors Research in History.
Many upperclassmen choose to explore career options by enrolling in an internship for which they can receive up to 4 credits. For those considering a career in law, the Department of History sponsors internships in four different law offices, including one that specializes in "holistic law." For history-related experience, the Department offers internships at the Cotton Museum, Davies Manor, Memphis Heritage, the Memphis Room at the Memphis Public Library and Information Center, the National Civil Rights Museum, the Pink Palace Museum, and Victorian Village, Inc. For a complete description of the Department′s internship opportunities, see http://www.rhodes.edu/history/22883.asp.
For several years Rhodes has offered co-ed residential learning communities that integrate academic and residential life to make the first-year experience richer and more successful. Students in learning communities live in close proximity in campus residence halls and are enrolled in at least one common course. Learning communities are particularly effective in building a sense of community among students and between students and faculty. Special programming allows students and faculty to explore course material inside and outside of class in a holistic way. Benefits of first-year learning communities include built-in study groups, enhanced relationships with faculty and other students, convenient access to peer tutoring, and participation in special programs and trips.
Housed on the Rhodes campus during the summer, the Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies is dedicated to furthering academic research on Memphis and the Mid-South. The program regularly includes department faculty and encourages applications from students interested in pursuing history projects in local and regional archives. Although participating in the Institute does not earn academic credit, Rhodes Institute fellows receive stipends and satisfy the College’s “Connections” Foundation requirement (F11).
The Department encourages its majors to pursue opportunities to study abroad. Students interested in careers in foreign service should particularly consider these options. The Buckman Center for International Education provides information on scores of overseas educational programs, most of which include history courses. Most programs are conducted in English. In addition, British Studies at Oxford (June – August) and the European Studies Program (July – October) are Rhodes programs that offer history credit.
Normally, participation in approved study abroad programs fulfills the College’s “Connections” (F11) Foundation requirement. Other Foundation requirements may also be fulfilled in study abroad programs. Please consult with the Buckman Center for details.
History courses taken in Buckman Center approved programs—as well as in British Studies and European Studies—count toward the requirements for the Department’s major and minor.