Student research is the heart and soul of the history major at Samford.
In addition to research papers in most history courses, all history majors must complete at least two semester-long research projects. One is combined with a course on research methods (The Historian's Craft). The other is a senior thesis, written in the Senior Seminar or Independent Study. Through these projects, students develop important skills in self-directed learning, problem solving, locating and analyzing resources, writing, and oral presentation.
Having sharpened these skills in the classroom, many of our students have distinguished themselves by presenting at academic conferences, winning essay prizes, earning research grants, or gaining experience as interns.
- Phi Alpha Theta regional and national conferences are venues for frequent presentations by Samford History students.
- Colonial Dames Prizes for Early American History are awarded to Samford history students on a regular basis.
- The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) has provided funding for a number of History majors to pursue personal projects and work alongside professors in archival, legal, or oral history research.
- Internships can be found at local museums, law firms, and other organizations.