Class of 2021 History Comps/Spring 2020 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 2020:
  • Thursday, Feb. 27: Mandatory Junior Orientation Meeting. 11:45-12:45.
  • Tuesday, March 19: Contract with advisor’s signature due via email by 5:00pm. Scan or take a photo and send to both Prof. Puerto (apuerto@oxy.edu) and Prof. Fett (sfett@oxy.edu). Or drop it off in hard copy in Prof. Fett’s office basket, Swan 304.
  • Friday, March 27: By this date, all rising seniors should have received confirmation of their contract submission as well as instructor permission to register for a specific section of HIST 490. You cannot register for HIST 490 without a contract submission.
  • Friday, April 17, 5:00pm: Proposal (see below) plus bibliography due. Please email as an electronic attachment to your thesis advisor, Prof. Puerto and Prof. Fett. Group email to all three of us, please (or two if Puerto or Fett happens to be your advisor)!
  • Monday, April 27: 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 2020. 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. Suggest a blueprint for your research plans and show how you will approach the 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.