Oral History Track
NEW OPTION FOR YOUR SENIOR CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE:
The history department is pleased to offer a pilot oral history track for the senior thesis. We will partner with the Columbia oral history office and IMATS to conduct workshops that will provide students with the intellectual and technical tools necessary to conduct and transcribe oral histories. Students will read about and discuss oral history as a methodological approach and will learn the technical skills of formulating questions, using recording equipment, and transcribing interviews. They will also do background research to select an individual or group that will be the subject of their interviews. Students will conduct their oral history research. By the end of the semester, students will produce oral histories that will be deposited in an archive. They will also write a reflection essay about the process of conducting oral history in lieu of a conventional senior thesis.
If you are interested in the oral history track as your capstone experience, please email Professors Premilla Nadasen and Dorothy Ko.