HIST 396 Research Assistant for History (1-3 S.H.)
A number of history majors at the State University of New York College at Oneonta serve as Research Assistants. Students have the opportunity to enroll in HIST 396: Research Assistant for History (3 s.h.), which allows them to receive course credit for working one-on-one or in a group with a faculty member on a major research project. Students actively participate in the process of historical research and writing. Activities may include the following: the collection, organization, and analysis of historical data; the collection and organization of bibliographic material; the organization of research material; and the critical reading and discussion of manuscripts. May be repeated for a total of 6 s.h. If P/F grade mode is selected credits can not count toward the major.
Prerequisites: HIST major and 9 s.h. upper division history coursework.
AHIS 396 Research Assistant: New York History: A Quarterly Journal (3 s.h.)
Recently, SUNY Oneonta expanded its long-standing partnership with the New York State Historical Association (Cooperstown, NY). Founded in 1899, NYSHA is one of the oldest institutions devoted to the study of New York States's history. As a result of this partnership, members of the Department of History (Dr. Thomas D. Beal, Dr. Danny Noorlander, Dr. Susan Goodier, and Dr. William Walker of the Cooperstown Graduate Program) serve as editors for New York History: A Quarterly Journal.
Now in its ninety-third year of publication, New York History is the only publication of its kind devoted to the history of New York State. SUNY Oneonta's partnership with NYSHA is unique; no other SUNY College has a history department that sponsors such a well-known and highly respected journal. Most importantly, serving as co-sponsors of the journal positions the Department of History as a center for the research, study and publication of works on New York State history. The partnership between the New York State Historical Association and the Department of History provides exciting opportunities for history majors.
The Research Assistant for New York History course offers students a hands-on experiential learning, opportunity. Working under the supervision of the Editors of New York History: A Quarterly Journal (a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal, now in its ninety-seventh year of publication), Research Assistants actively engage in academic publishing. Those selected to serve as Research Assistants participate in the journal’s day-to-day activities and participate in editing workshops organized by the Editors. In addition, the course provides Research Assistants the opportunity to integrate and apply knowledge, obtained in the classroom, by working with the State University of New York at Oneonta's community partner, The New York State Historical Association. Experiential learning activities include the following: copy editing, proof reading, fact checking, scholarly research, bibliographic research, and the critical reading and discussion of scholarly essays. May be repeated for a total of 6 s.h. Approval of the advisor and department is required. Prerequisites: 6 s.h. in AHIS, EHIS, HIST, or WHIS.
Currently (spring 2016), five students work as Research Assistants for New York History.
Research Assistants fact check, copy-edit and debate the historical significance of scholarly submissions to New York History. Working as a Research Assistant in such an environment can be excellent preparation for a career in editing, journalism as well as graduate work in history or a related discipline.
Please contact Dr. Thomas D. Beal, Dr. Danny Noorlander, or Dr. Susan Goodier to learn more about serving as a Research Assistantship for New York History.