The History Department's "capstone" experience is a Senior Thesis, required of all History majors, and done under the close supervision in a regular class (History 4990) of one of our regular faculty members or Instructors. In the Senior Thesis class, you will prepare a full-length (usually 25-30 pages) essay on a selected topic in history, relying heavily on original or primary sources. You will pick your topic in consultation with your professor, and work on that topic through the course of the semester. Each senior thesis will go through a rough draft and revision process, involving critical peer reviews in class, and rewriting/revision according to feedback given. Many professors also make extensive use of the resources of the Writing Center.
For some sample of recent excellent senior theses done in the History Department, check the Volume 2 of the 2009 Undergraduate Research Journal of UCCS, which published 8 of the theses completed that semester! (http://ojs.uccs.edu/index.php/urj/issue/view/4).
Sample Syllabus for a Senior Thesis Seminar
Senior Thesis Schedule through 2017
Peter Brumlik (American history)
Carole Woodall (Middle Eastern History)
Bernice Forrest (U.S.)
Paul Harvey (U.S)
Barbara Headle (U.S.)
Yang Wei (East Asia)
Christina Jiménez (Latin American, Latino)_
Roger Martinez (Medieval/Early Modern Europe)
Brian Duvick (Ancient)
Robert Sackett (Modern Europe)
Chris Hill (South Asia, Environmental, American West)
Janet Myers (Medieval/Early Modern Europe)