This open-ended project sends groups of students to interview non-profit or community organizations dealing with racial, ethnic or migration issues. Groups write final papers integrating their own and other groups' experiences, in addition to the class readings. Read more about Project on the American Racial Order
This project has students work in pairs explore the botany of Harvard Square. Students find a plant-related item to research and prepare a an abstract, a presentation, and a written report. Read more about Botany of Harvard Square
This Statistics 100 project has students develop an interesting question and analyze it with either an existing dataset or an original study. Students create a poster and display their results in a setting that approximates an academic conference. Read more about Conference-Style Statistics Project
In this homework assignment, students take as a starting point President Obama's speech at the University of Michigan about the cost of tuition and student debt and, using concepts from the readings and data online, get into depth about the nature of college tuition and student debt.
During J-Term prior to Field Geology (EPS74), students live in the Mojave desert for almost three weeks to map different pieces of the area in groups. The data will eventually be compiled into a composite class map. Read more about Field Geology
In EPS182, Professor Francis MacDonald's students take a spring break trip to Sicily to study the geology of the region. They later use this information to write mock geology journal articles. Read more about Mock Geology Journal Article
In CB51: Making the Middle Ages, the teaching staff, consisting of Professor Dan Smail and TFs Rowan Dorin, Zoe Silverman, Joey McMullen, and Rena Lauer, had students read a common text on a medieval saint, extract all the place names mentioned, and map them in order to learn about the nature of communication in the Middle Ages, geographic analysis, and how to use WorldMap, a way to create and publish maps of geospatial information. Read more about Mapping the Holy
In CB51: Making the Middle Ages, the teaching staff, consisting of Professor Dan Smail and TFs Rowan Dorin, Zoe Silverman, Joey McMullen, and Rena Lauer, introduced the course with a class blog, which continued to be used throughout the course for cataloguing, exploring, and learning about historical representations. Read more about Course Blog
In CB51: Making the Middle Ages, the teaching staff, consisting of Professor Dan Smail and TFs Rowan Dorin, Zoe Silverman, Joey McMullen, and Rena Lauer, had students choose objects and create a class gallery using Zeega in order to engage with medieval artifacts and experience the process of gallery curation. This project built on an annotated object bibliography and an object biography that the students had previously done. Read more about Framing the Material Past
In Megan Kate Nelson's course on the American Civil War, students complete a final class project and paper that involves primary document research and public history activities to present history through objects and documents. Read more about Civil War Curiosity Cabinet
In Chuck Freilich's Freshman Seminar, "Comparative National Security of Middle Eastern Countries," each student writes four action memos for world leaders in the Middle East on security topics. Read more about Action Memos for World Leaders
Graduate students in Anne Shreffler's seminar, "The Fromm Foundation and Contemporary Music in the United States," collaborate during the semester to produce an exhibition in the Loeb Music Library entitled, Composing the Future: The Fromm Foundation and the Music of Our Time. Read more about Producing a Musical Exhibition
Professor Güven Güzeldere uses debates extensively in several of his courses, including Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence, and Philosophy of Religion. The debates consist of two teams of two or three students each, presenting and defending two opposing positions on a particular philosophical question (e.g., Can we attribute genuine emotions to robots or computational systems on the basis of affect-appropriate behaviors?).