American Studies Seminar at the American Antiquarian Society
Each fall, the American Antiquarian Society and five Worcester Colleges sponsor an American Studies research seminar at the Antiquarian Society. The seminar is conducted utilizing the Society’s world-renowned holdings in early American history and culture. The seminar topic and research methods combine several disciplines, and students from a wide variety of majors can participate. Selection is highly competitive.
Assumption College Honors Convocation
Each year the program awards a prize at Honors Convocation in the Spring Term for the graduating MEMS minor with the highest GPA and record of achievement.
Assumption College Undergraduate Research Symposium
Each year in the spring term, MEMS students take part in presenting their research in a public conference. Students are especially encouraged to present their research projects from their major discipline and the American Studies Seminar at the American Antiquarian Society, as well as projects they develop while working as research assistants with faculty.
The Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester is the only museum in the Western Hemisphere dedicated to the interpretation of arms and armor from antiquity to circa 1800, with an emphasis on the European medieval and Renaissance periods. Internships are available year-round in a variety of subject areas. Interns work closely with the Museum staff person in their area of interest, who, in conjunction with the student’s academic supervisor, oversees the progress of the internship and the completion of a distinct project.
Students who combine their interest in MEMS with their primary discipline will be able to take part in the annual national undergraduate conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA.
The Worcester Art Museum’s internship program includes most departments such as visitor services, curatorial, education, and marketing. Internships are often project-based and become available as opportunities arise. Generally, a commitment of 6 hours a week is required, though particular projects may differ. All of WAM’s internships are unpaid.
Students taking part in a study abroad program in Europe and Latin America will gain enormously before, during, and after their time abroad through the increased depth and breadth of such studies.
Annual Medieval and Early Modern Studies Lecture
Every spring, faculty members from different disciplines present their on-going research in medieval and Early Modern topics.