Student Research and Honors Study
Harlaxton College takes pride in the quality of its academic programs and the work of our faculty and students. We encourage undergraduate research and are always interested in exploring new opportunities and ideas with prospective and current students. While studying at Harlaxton there may be opportunities to undertake preliminary research for a senior thesis or similar project, or to undertake field work at British/European locations or in British libraries and archives. As well as teaching, Harlaxton faculty are active in academic research and can supervise student research projects in a wide variety of areas. Details of the research interests of our faculty (British and Visiting): can be found here.
A range of classes, in addition to British Studies (H382H), are available for Honors credit and Independent Study options can often be organized. Please see syllabi for further details.
Whether it is under the direction of our British faculty or our visiting faculty the quality of student work at Harlaxton College is very high.
To celebrate this fact, the College has, for some time, awarded an Essay Award to those students who have excelled in their academic endeavours and produced a piece of academic work or research, or a piece of creative writing or work, worthy of celebration. Some examples may be found below.
- Melinda B. Hipple, ‘The Dust of Other Stars’, Winner of the Essay Prize, Fall 2014 (Creative Writing, WRTG 205).
- Sarah Beach, ‘Helenic Myth, Irishness and Violence in Yeats and Longley’, Winner of the Essay Prize, Fall 2012 (British Studies Honors Research Paper BRIT H382H).
- Gina Filo, 'Understanding Chaucer's Knight', Joint Winner of the Essay Prize, Spring 2012 (British Studies Honors Research Paper, H382H).
- Amanda Oaks, 'The Defining Act of Jeanette Sinclair', Joint Winner of the Essay Prize, Spring 2012 (Writing Workshop, WRTG 490).
- Miranda Stinson, "'What We Are, So You Shall Be": Preparation for Death in the Late Middle Ages' (British Studies Honors Research Paper, BRIT H38H:) and 'The Women of Belmont and Venice', Winner of the Essay Prize, Fall 2011 (Lit 350: Shakespeare).
- Matt Kliewer, 'Alexander Pope: The Portrait of the Artist as a Critic', Winner of the Essay Prize, Spring 2011 (BRIT H282: British Studies).
- Holly Hinsch, ‘Nyhavn Canal, Copenhagen’, Joint winner of the Essay Prize, Fall 2010 (ART 200: Introduction to Studio Art).
- Mary Lana Rice, 'William Marshal: A Relic of Chivalry', Joint winner of the Essay Prize, Fall 2010 (BRIT H382: British Studies).
- Kelsey Swanson, ‘Guinevere: Victorian Gender, Sexuality and Nature’, Winner of the Essay Prize, Spring 2010 (LIT 330: Romancing Arthur: the Arthurian Legend from Celtic Mythology to Hollywood).
- Alissa Young, ‘Deeds, not Words: The Story of Emmeline Pankhurst', Winner of the Essay Prize, Fall 2009 (BRIT 282: British Studies).