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The APSA Minority Fellowship Program offers scholarships for students in underrepresented groups applying for doctoral programs in Political Science and an interest in teaching. For more information, please visit their website.
The Fund for American Studies--policy, political journalism, business and government affairs and legal studies programs for undergraduates REUs in Social and Behavioral Sciences sponsored by the NSF--government sponsored research opportunities for undergraduates The Leadership...
The discipline of history poses complex questions about the experiences of humans over time. Historians develop, challenge, and revise narratives and interpretations of the past with an eye toward understanding both the subjects of their study and the implications of such...
INTERNSHIP RESOURCES Visit the Career Development Office's website or make an appointment with their staff for more information about internship opportunities.  Sign up for an account with Forum to connect with alumni and find out what sociology alumni are currently doing.  Take...
Joseph F. Wall '41 Scholarship The Joseph F. Wall '41 Scholarship was established in 1983 by the Class of 1958 in honor of Joseph F. Wall '41, a graduate of Grinnell, Professor Emeritus of History, Dean of the College, and the first director of the college's Rosenfield Public...
Journal Club meets the first Friday of each month to discuss an article selected by members of the SEPC. We meet in the 1515 psych commons area, shortly after noon (about 12:15) until just before 1:00. Students are encouraged to read the article prior to attending.  Pizza and...
This fellowship, established through the generosity of Kathryn Jagow Mohrman '67, supports advanced student research or special projects receiving academic credit within the Departments of History and Political Science. The Fellowship encourages students to examine phenomena...
This fellowship, established through the generosity of Kathryn Jagow Mohrman '67, supports advanced student research or special projects receiving academic credit within the Departments of History and Political Science. The Fellowship encourages students to examine phenomena...
A history MAP normally follows work begun in a 300-level history seminar, so that the student can undertake exhaustive research on a precisely defined topic to produce a paper as close as possible in quality to the articles published in history journals. MAP proposals unrelated...
Specifics of a MAP in Sociology As MAP topics are driven by faculty research, they are decided by faculty and announced with directions for how to apply in Februrary.  In the Social Studies Division, MAPs are competitive and hence require considerable preparation. WHEN IS THE...
The basic requirement is 32 credits of work in history with a grade of C or higher, 20 of which must be earned within the History Department of Grinnell College, with at least two 300-level history seminars taken at Grinnell (each taught by a different professor). All students...
Please see the Practitioner Education Program page for more information.
The Russell J. Linnemann '65 Travel Fellowship is a new prize which offers financial support to Grinnell College students who would like to travel to conduct historical research or to prepare themselves to conduct historical research on an international topic.  The prize honors...
Students must complete two 300-level history seminars in order to complete the major.  Here are our seminar offerings for the 2013-2014 academic year. FALL 2013 History 311.01 "Politics in the Early American Republic." Students in this seminar will discover and debate recent...
Fall 2015 History 314.01  “The U.S. Civil War:  History and Memory.”  Students in this seminar will complete major research projects about the U.S. Civil War and/or its presence in public memory.  The Civil War was a major watershed event, and students will study a number of...
Students must complete two 300-level history seminars in order to complete the major. Here are our seminar offerings for the 2014-2015 academic year. FALL 2014 History 322.01 "Sex and Sexuality in American History." This seminar investigates the history of sex and sexuality in...
The Student Educational Policy Committee, or SEPC, is a student-faculty liaison group which provides faculty with student input on professors, candidates, curriculum, and other departmental issues. It also organizes social events within the department.
The SEG seeks to “foster mutually empowering connections between the developed and developing world. SEG works to give agency to individuals in order to sustainably address the self-perpetuating social and economic problems of inequality.”  For more information, please visit the...
The Sociology Book Award is awarded annually to the sociology junior who has the highest GPA by the Grinnell sociology department. 
The Sociology Department hires several students each semester to assist professors with their work. Students should contact professors they would like to work for specifically, or contact the Department Chair, Karla Erickson, for more information.
The Alan R. Jones '50 Travel Fellowship offers financial support to Grinnell College students to travel to conduct research on a topic of American history connected to their work in a history course, an independent study, or a Mentored Advanced Project (MAP). The prize honors...
Every year the history department awards the Charles E. Payne Scholarship to the outstanding history major in the prospective senior class.  The Payne Scholarship was established in 1967 by Ina Chatterton Payne in honor of her husband Professor Charles E. Payne, who was for many...
The Ida Pilling Welch '30 History Book Award is given each spring to a senior "whose interest in and commitment to historical study reaches beyond the ordinary reaches of the classroom."  The award is accompanied by a monetary prize, to be used for the purchase of books.
Each year the Lura Camery Prize, established through the bequest of Lura Camery ’24, honors with a cash award the “outstanding work of historical interpretation (concerning the non-English-speaking world) submitted during the year to the Department of History by a full-time...
Teaching If you are interested in teaching at the college level, for the Peace Corps, Grinnell Corps, Teach For America or in areas such as environmental education, you could prepare yourself by taking a methods course in your discipline. The methods courses are theory based...
Some popular service opportunities that Grinnellians, and sociology majors in particular, avail of include the following: Peace Corps Teach for America Lutheran Volunteer Corps Grinnell Corps Americorps

Building

Carnegie Hall, 1210 Park Street, is located north of Herrick Chapel. Dedicated June 13, 1905, the building is in modified Classical form with a low hipped roof, impressive cornice with dentils, red-brick walls, and quoins outlining window areas. The middle section of the facade...
Today the building provides attractive office space for faculty in the English, history, and gender, women's, and sexuality studies departments, smaller classrooms ideal for discussion, and a lounge.  

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  Doug Caulkins, emeritus professor of anthropology, is leading a multiyear study of regeneration of Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Anya Vanecek ’15 and Mackenzie Shanahan ’14 are anthropology majors supported with summer funding from Grinnell’s Mentored Advance Project...
Students in professor J. Montgomery Roper’s Practicing Anthropology class took their studies to the community in the fall semester, performing studies on behalf of local organizations. They used surveys, interviews with local experts, focus groups, archival research, and hours...
Students in professor J. Montgomery Roper’s Practicing Anthropology class took their studies to the community in the fall semester, performing studies on behalf of local organizations. They used surveys, interviews with local experts, focus groups, archival research, and hours...
The Rachael Asrelsky Anthropology Paper Prize. This award is given annually to the author of an outstanding paper written for an anthropology class in honor of Rachael Asrelsky ('89) who died in the Lockerbie bombing while returning from an off-campus program. 2012 Recepients:...
The Rachael Asrelsky Anthropology Paper Prize. This award is given annually to the author of an outstanding paper written for an anthropology class in honor of Rachael Asrelsky ('89) who died in the Lockerbie bombing while returning from an off-campus program. 2012 Recepients:...
Two courses of students and faculty participated in international field trips during winter break 2013. Kathy Jacobson and Peter Jacobson, associate professors of biology, traveled with students from their Namib Desert Ecology course. Students in Korea's Economic Development...
Two courses of students and faculty participated in international field trips during winter break 2013. Kathy Jacobson and Peter Jacobson, associate professors of biology, traveled with students from their Namib Desert Ecology course. Students in Korea's Economic Development...
Gilbert DeBartolo worked with Professor Robert Haveman to write a paper that subsequently was published in the American Economic Review. Gilbert viewed that experience of doing mentored original research as one of the highlights of his Grinnell career. After his untimely death,...
Gilbert DeBartolo worked with Professor Robert Haveman to write a paper that subsequently was published in the American Economic Review. Gilbert viewed that experience of doing mentored original research as one of the highlights of his Grinnell career. After his untimely death,...
In 1993, to make voter registration easier and more uniform across states, Congress enacted the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), which requires states to include voter registration when qualifying voters apply for social services or driver’s licenses. Two decades later,...
How long can the United States hold people captive without evidence of wrongdoing or a trial? Years after their initial internment, inmates of Guantanamo Bay, some not yet 18, continue to be held without trial or the right to question their imprisonment before a judge or jury. ...
How long can the United States hold people captive without evidence of wrongdoing or a trial? Years after their initial internment, inmates of Guantanamo Bay, some not yet 18, continue to be held without trial or the right to question their imprisonment before a judge or jury. ...
The Horn-Theophilus Award was established by the Class of 1951 to recognize and pay tribute to two of its members, Willard Horn and David Theophilus, who died in action as Marine Corps officers during the Korean War. The Class of 1951 honors the service of these two economics...
The Horn-Theophilus Award was established by the Class of 1951 to recognize and pay tribute to two of its members, Willard Horn and David Theophilus, who died in action as Marine Corps officers during the Korean War. The Class of 1951 honors the service of these two economics...
Karla Erickson, sociology, began work on her newest book — How We Die Now: Intimacy and the Work of Dying — after she observed the spiritual, physical, and emotional support hospice workers provided her dying grandparents. Erickson, a feminist ethnographer of labor, immerses...
Karla Erickson, sociology, began work on her newest book — How We Die Now: Intimacy and the Work of Dying — after she observed the spiritual, physical, and emotional support hospice workers provided her dying grandparents. Erickson, a feminist ethnographer of labor, immerses...
The Ralph Luebben Award in Anthropology is awarded to the graduating senior who best exemplifies the ideal Anthropology student including meritorious scholarly work, breadth in the discipline, field experience, and an anthropological viewpoint on life. 2012 Recipients: Maya...
The Ralph Luebben Award in Anthropology is awarded to the graduating senior who best exemplifies the ideal Anthropology student including meritorious scholarly work, breadth in the discipline, field experience, and an anthropological viewpoint on life. 2012 Recipients: Maya...
Harley Chang, his cooperating teachers are Erika Wieh, Na Pan and Brandon Jensen, Valley West High School, Des Moines Rachael Pederson, her cooperating teacher is Leah Slick-Driscoll, Meskwaki Settlement High School, Tama Wes Phipps, his cooperating teachers are Liz Hansen and...
In my Old World Prehistory class I use bronze axes to teach about the impact of early technologies. Even prehistoric tools come from complex systems. Before you have a bronze axe, you have mines and all the tools to work them, the high temperature fire technology of smelting and...
In my Old World Prehistory class I use bronze axes to teach about the impact of early technologies. Even prehistoric tools come from complex systems. Before you have a bronze axe, you have mines and all the tools to work them, the high temperature fire technology of smelting and...
Grinnellians bring their interests into the classroom, using assignments to study the things they are most interested in. But when they can’t otherwise fit a topic into their curriculum, they turn to guided reading (200-level) and independent study (300-level) coursework to...
As a post-baccalaureate fellow at the Data Analysis and Social Inquiry Lab (DASIL), Adam Lauretig ’13 is making it easier for others to visualize complex datasets. Lauretig was first introduced to the Polity IV project — run by the Center for Systemic Peace — in Danielle Lussier...
As a post-baccalaureate fellow at the Data Analysis and Social Inquiry Lab (DASIL), Adam Lauretig ’13 is making it easier for others to visualize complex datasets. Lauretig was first introduced to the Polity IV project — run by the Center for Systemic Peace — in Danielle Lussier...
Days after returning from his study abroad semester in Sri Lanka, Dylan Fisher ’14 began his summer anthropology mentored advanced project (MAP) in Grinnell. Fisher worked with Rachel Van Court ’15 under the mentorship of Professor Kathy Kamp, interviewing families who have...

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Student majors within the program elect a Student Educational Policy Committee (SEPC) every year that assists in the faculty hiring and review process and in planning extracurricular activities, such as visiting lecturers and student colloquia. 2012-13 Members Lilianna Bagnoli '...
The Teacher Advisory Committee of local educators meets biannually and reports to the state of Iowa. It enhances the Grinnell College Education Program's communication and cooperation with area schools to provide an excellent pre-service teaching education for Grinnell students...
The Teacher Education Committee recommends to the Executive Council, consults with the departments concerned, and assists the chair of the department of education  regarding the policies, programs, and standards of admission for programs that lead to public school teaching...

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  (1921-2009) Ralph A. Luebben spent most of his academic career at Grinnell College, where he was the College's first full-time anthropologist and the first chair of the independent Department of Anthropology. Starting in 1957, Luebben enthralled students for nearly four...
  (1921-2009) Ralph A. Luebben spent most of his academic career at Grinnell College, where he was the College's first full-time anthropologist and the first chair of the independent Department of Anthropology. Starting in 1957, Luebben enthralled students for nearly four...