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Independent Studies & Departmental Honors

Students considering independent study and departmental honors should first consult the college catalog, sections "On Indpendent Studies" and "On Honors."

Independent studies are undertaken at the discretion and availability of the professor. Before approaching a professor to work on an independent study project, a student should have identified a topic to explore and given thought to the focus, readings, and research to be undertaken.




Recent Independent Studies:


Professor Bernard: 

  • Hackman, Richard Gelman

  • Linda Malick


Professor Goeglein: 

  • “Courtier and Poet: Edmund Spenser’s Image of Fame”(Amy Dye '04)

  • “Mirrors and Twins in the Writings of Queen Elizabeth I”(Ellise Cole '01)

  • “Historical Illustrations in Caldecott Medal Winners” (Allasandra Noto '01)

  • "Shakespeare's Romances" (Will Davis '04)

  • "Morgan le Fay in Arthurian Literature" (Jennifer Soriano '99)


Professor Montemarano: 

  • Sean Welski, 2002, fiction

  • Rebecca Peters-Golden, 2003, fiction

  • Rebecca Brown, 2004, fiction

  • Anna Melville, 2005, fiction

  • Adam Cogbill, 2006, fiction

  • Margarita Delcheva, 2007, fiction

  • Indrapramit Das, 2007, fiction

  • Abigale Zoltick, 2010, fiction

  • Madison Kille, 2010, fiction


Professor Mueller:

  • Children's Literature (Mary Beth McHugh)

  • Vision and Myth:  Blake and Yeats (Brenden O'Connell)

  • Madness and Literature

  • Margaret Cavendish (Gillian Foster)

  • Satire (Priya Swaminathan '02)

  • Blake's Composite Art (Gizem Arslan '03)


Professor O'Hara:

  • "Baseball in American Lit and Society." Spring 2003. (Peter Maki, Tony Breslau, Dave Stahlman, Michael Gossner, and Jason Schwartzberg)

  • “George Eliot, Sarah Grand, and Music” (Lisa Stovall ’01)

  • “Hardy , T.S. Eliot, and Anthropology” (Heather Rodino ’00)

  • “Keats’s Mythologies” (Jamie Donati ’99)

  • “Victorian Children's Literature “ (Alison Mehm '97)

  • “Thomas Hardy's Poetry “(Rebecca Burns '95)

  • “New Woman Writers: Texts and Contexts” (Clarissa Wilder '94)

  • “Mary Shelley Fiction” (Jen Roche '94)

  • “Mary Augusta Ward Fiction” (Pam Simpson '92)

  • “Jane Austen and Olive Schreiner” (Lisa Kochanek '91)


Professor Ford:

  • Nyssa Newborg, '08, Poetry

  • Meaghan Cooney '10, Poetry 

  • Adam Gould '10, Poetry

  • Madison Kille '11, Ekphrastic Poetry