Class of 2022 History Comps/Spring 2021 Timeline

Please visit the Senior Comps link on the History Department Website for more information on the proposal.

Every rising senior must have a defined and viable comprehensive thesis research project with potential for exciting, critical analysis in order to succeed in HIST 490. This proposal process is structured to help you meet that goal and allow you to begin comps research over the summer break.

Due Dates for Spring 2021:
  • Wednesday, Feb. 10: Mandatory Junior Comps Proposal Meeting from 12:15-1:10pm PT.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://occidental.zoom.us/j/84022127207
Meeting ID: 840 2212 7207
Passcode: 445057
**After the junior meeting, contact and meet with the history professor who will serve as your thesis advisor; talk with your potential advisor about topics and about accessible primary sources.
  • Thursday, March 18: Complete and submit the Google form contract indicating broad topic, advisor, and relevant course material and submit by 5:00pm PT.  Prof. Fett will be sharing and confirming your information with your thesis advisor.

  • Friday, March 26: By this date, all juniors should have received confirmation of their contract submission as well as instructor permission to register for HIST 490. You cannot register for HIST 490 without a contract submission.

  • Friday, April 16Proposal (see below) plus bibliography due. Please email as an electronic attachment to your thesis advisor and Prof. Fett. Group email to both of us, please.

  • Monday April 26: Your thesis advisor will provide comments on your proposal draft by this date. If you do not have a strong research question with accessible primary sources, you will be asked to revise and resubmit your proposal by a given deadline in May 2021. You cannot proceed in HIST 490 without an approved proposal.

Proposal Requirements – 3 paragraphs + bibliography
  1. Tell us what topic you want to explore and why. Within this first brief paragraph be sure you include a “rough draft” thesis question. What specific critical question will you aim to answer?
  2. Indicate what primary sources are available to you to answer the question. Talk to us and your advisor about this.
  3. Outline a plan for your research and show how you will approach the research question through primary source research.
  4. Bibliography in Chicago Manual Style of secondary sources, including scholarly journal articles. List at least six books or articles (list at least one article from a scholarly journal.) Use library databases to search journals.