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:
- Zach Student, "The Interstate Highway System as an Agent of Cultural Transformation"
- James Murnane, "Awakening the American Bhudda"
- Justin Villnanyi, "A Marine's Story of the Korean War"
- Robert Glashoff, "A New Deal for the American People"
- Gary Peacock, "Resources and Romantics: An Adirondack Narrative"
- Jessica Bastone, "Law and Marriage: Marriage Laws in the People's Republic of China"
- Thomas Sendgraff, "An Examination of Hollywood's Sound Revolution"
- Jeff Bednarchak, "Beasts and Bestiality: Animals and Witches in Early Modern England"
- Jacob Goldblum, "The Company he kept: Aftermath of a Student Death at SUNY Plattsburgh"
- Chelsea Phillips, "Women's Employment during World War II: A Pathfinder"
- Keith Black, "The Erie Wars: The Amputation of the Invisible Hand"
- Megan Wyand, "Disney's not so Failed Attempt at Pocahontas"
- Ralph Cisario, "Thomas Muntzer: The Evolution of his Theology"
- Katie Ryan, "People of the Land and Sea. A Short Story"
- Stefab Ramirez, "For Whom the Bell Tolls: The Lincoln Brigade"
- Joshua Weinstein, "Who's Julia? An American Sitcom"
- Jessica Trevail, "Florence Nightingale and American Civil War Nurses"
- Thomas Easttey, "Bartitsu to Jujutsu: Britain's Changing Masculine Sports Culture"
- Paige Dustin, “Liberty and Justice for Some? The Impact of Johnson v. M’Intosh and Fletcher v. Peck on Native American Sovereignty”
- Stephanie Burrows, “Discipline in Salem: a Role Reversal”
- Phoebe Nolan, “The Oka Crisis – A Legacy of Broken Promises”
- Jamie Knapp, “The Walking Dead: Women and Children in Rwanda after the Genocide”
- Rob Brandes, “Not ‘On Bended Knee’: Left Leaning Newspapers’ Reaction to Ronald Reagan’s Foreign Policy Speeches”
- Conner Ferguson, “Indigenous Child Removal in the United States and Australia: A Teacher Resource Guide”
- Vanessa Traves, “The Great Canadian Whispering Campaign: Good Girls, Bad Girls, and the Policing of Women’s Sexuality in the CWAC During WWII”
- Michael Pelzer, “Military Training and Human Rights: Hugh Thompson and William Calley, a Comparative Analysis of Actions in My Lai”
- Justin Spear, “Robert Moses: Public Servant or Public Enemy?”
For more information about the history program at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact
Wendy Gordon, Chair
Office: Champlain Valley Hall 220
Phone: (518) 564-2213
Fax: (518) 564-2212