History majors at Western Oregon University engage in a senior capstone to complete their undergraduate experience. Since 1997, History majors have completed a senior thesis, which involves taking a successful research paper from an upper-division History course and expanding and deepening the analysis of that paper across the senior year. Students enroll in History 420: Philosophies of History in Winter Term and History 499: Senior Capstone in Spring Term.

Beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year, History faculty expanded the senior capstone experience to include an internship option. For that option students enroll in History 406: Archival Science in Fall Term and across the senior year engage in research and writing related to a topic associated with archival or museum internships with our community partners. Students enroll in History 420 and History 499 and complete an internship experience in Spring Term.

Both Senior Theses and Internship Papers are posted annually to DigitalCommons@WOU and students often participate in the Academic Excellence Showcase, a conference-like event held on the Western Oregon University campus.

From 2010 to 2013, History M.A. students also posted scholarly essays to DigitalCommons@WOU. The graduate seminar course focused on original research in primary sources and knowledge of secondary sources (the work of other historians in the field). M.A. students presented one of their seminar papers during that year's Academic Excellence Showcase.

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Submissions from 2021

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Protective Labor Legislation: How Oregon Attached Motherhood to Working Women, Chloe Miller

Submissions from 2020

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Death Squads: The Hidden Killers of Colombia, Cullen Rance

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Diplomatic Relations between Russia, China and Mongolia: The Creation of the Mongolian People's Republic, 1881-1924, Jeffery Pittsenbarger

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Japanese American Internment Camps: Resistance and Perseverance, Nicholas H. Sieber

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Oda Nobunaga (1534-1582), A Unifier in the Late Sengoku Era, Gabriel Yanez

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World War I and the Policing Power of the State, Clifton Eddie

Submissions from 2019

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Actualization of Calvin’s Eucharistic Theology in Geneva, Austin Jones

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Confronting the Early Relationship Between the United States and Saudi Arabia, Alexandra Bell

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Eugenics In Practice at the Oregon State Hospital, Damon Solomos

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Immigrants, Mental Health, and the Oregon State Hospital, Andres Alvarez

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Mental Hospitals and their Effect on Race and Gender in the 1920s, Dayna Ragasa

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Misinformed but Well Meaning: "Ethnic Cleansing" and United States Newspaper Coverage of the Bosnian War From 1992-1995, Brant Cheeley

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Restraint and Patient Agency: Institutional Control at the Oregon State Hospital in the 1920s, Hudson Kennedy

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The Creation of a King: How Geoffrey of Monmouth Influenced the Story of King Arthur, Marcos Morales II

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The Teutonic Order and the Baltic Crusades, Alex Eidler

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You Say You Want A Revolution: Slavery in Haiti and the United States in the Early 1800s, Owen Reutlinger

Submissions from 2018

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El Camino Real: Commercial Trade Route to Santa Fe, Jodi R. Harrison

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Jacek Kuron: An Activist of Solidarity's Future, Brandon C. Meredith

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Mental Illness Ideologies and the Asylum: Individual Case Files from the Oregon State Hospital, Erika Dyer

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Schießbefehl and the Issues of Retroactivity Within the East German Border Guard Trials, Keegan McMurry

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The Bracero Program and the Migration from Michoacán to Oregon: 1942-1995, Martin Salinas

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The Mental Health Records of Progressivism from the Oregon State Hospital, Carliee M. Leach-Provancha

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The Progressive Era, the Depression, and the American Mental Institution System, Andrew Dobrowolski

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'To The Dishonor of God': Religious Roots for Puritan Morality Laws During the Interregnum, Carter D. Craig

Submissions from 2017

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Character, Crafts, and Physique: American Men and the Meaning of Masculinity in World War I and Its Aftermath, Keegan G. Le Bleu

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Concerning Peasants: The Underlying Cause for the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381, Dylan Vosti

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God and Revolution:Religion and Power from Pre-Revolutionary France to the Napoleonic Empire, Alexa Weight

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Proposition 187: California's Fear of Immigration, Tyler Larsen

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Sin, Salvation and the Medieval Physician: Religious Influences on Fourteenth Century Medicine, Chloe Buzzard

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The Power of Nine: Federalists, Antifederalists, and Natural Law Synthesis in the Ninth Amendment, James Masnov

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The White Rose’s Resistance to Nazism: The Influence of Friedrich Nietzsche, Katilyn R. Kirkman

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Violence in Algeria: From Colony to Independent Nation, Ryan D. Steele

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Working for Walpole: Restorative Spaces in the Progressive Era, Spencer M. Welter

Submissions from 2016

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Eugenics and Racial Hygiene: The Connections between the United States and Germany, Nicholas Baker

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Giving Voice to Silent Destruction, Michelle A. Smail

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Head of State: An Exploration of Developing Concepts of Kingship as Portrayed in the Severed Heads of Medieval Literature, Emily Walley

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Peron, Argentina and the Nazis, Daniel Correa

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Reforming 'the Sacred': Standardization of Church Space in Laudian England (1633-1641), Ashley Fierstadt

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Technology and Strategy: The War in Vietnam, Isaac Keister

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The Assertion of English Royal Authority in the American Colonies and Royal Revenue: 1651-1701, Benjamin Lesh

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The Irish Theology: Formation of Celtic Christianity in Ireland (5th to 9th Century), Emma M. Foster

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The Nuremberg Laws: Creating the Road to the T-4 Program, Jennifer V. Hight

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The Violent Revolution: Nationalism and the 1989 Romanian Revolution, Allan Chet Emmons

Submissions from 2015

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American Citizen or Internal Enemy: Reasons Behind the Creation of the Japenese-American Interment Camps, Konner Monk

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Forgotten Bravery: The San Patricio Battalion and the Irish Experience, Brian D. Reese

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French vs France: Vichy Government Attempts to Save the Empire, Jennifer R. Roberts

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Manipulating the Medieval Past: Convivencia and the Politics of Religious Identity, Gregory Baker

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Pulling the Strings: The Influential Power of Women in Viking Age Iceland, Kendall M. Holcomb

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Silencing Lord Haw-Haw: An Analysis of British Public Reaction to the Broadcasts, Conviction and Execution of Nazi Propagandist William Joyce, Matthew Rock Cahill

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Social Implications of the Eruption of Mount Saint Helens, Jordan Sterling

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Tricolor and the Union Jack at Sea: How the French Revolution Decapitated Napoleon's Navy and Thereby Ruined His Ambitions, Dominic Annen

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Zoot Suit Riots and the Role of the Zoot Suit in Chicano Culture, Rebecca Grizzle

Submissions from 2014

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20th Century North African Colonial History: A Look at Gender and Race through the Cultural Lens of Isabelle Eberhardt, Stacy Elizabethann Roberts

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Education Prescription and Disregarded Side Effects: Gilded Age Education Reform in Oregon, Sarah M. Pearson

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FIRE: Agent of Change, Richard A. Galvin II

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Leading Ladies: A Study of Queenship and Identity through Conquest, Rose Thormahlen

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Napoleon: The Warrior Unmasked, Drew A. Larson

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Prostitution and the Contagious Diseases Acts in 19th Century British Colonies, Katria Hiersche

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Tenting on the Old Campground: A Social History of the U.S. Regular and State Volunteer Troops in the 5th Corps, Army of the Potomac, 1862-1865, David Plett

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The Farmers’ Tool: Changing Values of Rural Oregon Granges in Benton County: 1938-1948, Curtis Holbert

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The Lion Looks West: Change in the Welsh Marches During the Last Half of the Eleventh Century, David M. Price

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The Monroe Doctrine: Openly Defensive (1800-1824), Tate Sanders

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“There is No Law Here”: Vigilantism, Militarism, and Metropolitanism in Coos County, Oregon 1912-1913, Zachary W. Jones

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Titanic and the People on Board: A Look at the Media Coverage of the Passengers After the Sinking, Andrea Bijan

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Women’s Air Force Service Pilots: They Were Equal To Men in Training and Skill, Vic Caudillo

Submissions from 2013

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American Occupation of Mexico City, Trevor Prow

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Carlota, an Untold Story, Tim Devlin

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Che Guevara and the Cuban Revolution, Timothy Husselbee

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Cuban Missile Crisis, Timothy Berkey

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Emiliano Zapata and the Class of Revolutionaries, Curtis Holbert

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Engineering Modernity: The Aswan Low Dam and Modernizing the Nile, Travis Cook

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Failure, What Haiti Prepared For, or What They Were Dealt, Drew A. Larson

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Leader of the Revolution; Pancho Villa, Andrea Bijan

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Mexico's Mormon Colonies: 1876 to Revolution Chihuahua and Sonora Farmers, Sean Waterbury

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Michelin: the Phoenix of French Modernity in the Twentieth Century, Zachary R. Hammond

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Nature's Use: Language and its Use in the Writings of John Muir and Gifford Pinchot, Matthew E. Whitbeck

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Nazi Propaganda: The Theme of Work and Workers in the Pre-Power and Post-Power Years, Stephen H. Kingsborough

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Neoliberalism and the Mapuche, Chandler E. Miranda

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Omitting the Numbers: How Estimates of Slave Trafficking from Mexico to the United States Have Disappeared from the Public Sphere., Maureen Dean

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Porfirio Diaz and the Railroads of Mexico, David M. Price

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Queenship: A Study of What it was to be a Queen in Europe during the 11th-16th Centuries, Alyssa Penn

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Rastafarianism in Jamaica, Scott Bushbaum

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“Rural America Is ‘On The Front’”: Rural Civil Defense In The Midwest And Northwest During The Cold War, Kate Claussen

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Technology and Adaptation in Logging, Jeremy D. Rosenblad

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The Cuban Revolution: Would It Have Started Without Fidel Castro?, Jacob Brown

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The Deported Mexican of the 1930s: A Social Response to an Economic Issue, Matt Lawyer

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The Final Countdown: On the Historiography of the Usage of Language in 1000 A.D., Steven F. Wonser

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The Importance of Patronage during the Premature Reformation: Comparison of John Wyclif and Jan Hus, James E. O'Neil

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The Irish Refuge: The Irish in Mexico and the Latin World, Brian D. Reese

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The Mexican Revolution: The Women Forgotten, Kevin Saunders

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The Nuremberg Trial: Robert H. Jackson and American National Autonomy, Josiah Liedkie

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What Happened to the Radical Left in Mexico?, Dan Sprinkle

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Zoot Suiters and Pachucos, Alyssa Penn

Submissions from 2012

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9/11/73: The "Chilean Way" to Socialism Hits a Dead End, Greg Garcia, Jr.

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Afro-Brazilian Religious Suppression in 1920s and 1930s Rio de Janeiro, Brittney Teal-Cribbs

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Analysis of Peter the Great's Social Reforms and the Justification of the Reactions from the General Public, Devan Walsh

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Corruption, the Reforms of Francisco de Toledo and the Backlash of Indio Social Changes in Sixteenth & Seventeenth Spanish Peru, Jeffrey Benson

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Food, Farm, and Industry, Toni Rush

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Gender and the Salem Witchcraft Trials, Josephine Colburn

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Insatiable Shipyards: The Impact of the Royal Navy on the World's Forests, 1200-1850, Patrick Melby