Fall deadline: October 27, 2014
Spring Deadline: April 01, 2015
The Archives Concentration will be elected by participating students instead of a second major
or a minor as an interdisciplinary strategy that enables them to combine coursework beyond the
major with practical experiences, and to engage in career exploration. Accepted students will
choose (or be assigned to) an adviser who will oversee the progress through the program and approve
The fall deadline is open to sophomores and Juniors who have begun the concentration by electing courses (either in Jterm or the academic year). A successful application outlines work you’ve already done or courses in progress, and your plans for an internship (especially if you are a sophomore). Many internships for the summer of 2014 have March deadlines. You do not need to have chosen a major before you apply to the concentration.
The spring deadline is open to first-years who have begun coursework and to Juniors if they have completed at least one practical experience or internship, and 2 courses in the concentration.
A maximum of 15 concentrators are admitted from every class year.
You will be notified of your acceptance before fall preregistration.
Statement of Interest
It’s helpful to the Advisory Committee to hear why the Archives Concentration interests you. Using the prompts below, could you describe why you'd like to join the Archives concentration and where you hope it will lead you at Smith or beyond. Feel free to share your aspirations even if it’s not clear specifically how you will achieve them; however, as many specifics as you can provide will aid us in helping you tailor the program to meet your goals
In 250 to 500 words, describe how the Archives Concentration will fit into your overall Smith experience and how it relates to your future goals:
Describe one specific experience (in or outside of the classroom) that informs your desire to participate in the Concentration. If the experience was a visit to or work in the archives, for example, can you zero in on a particular insight from that experience and why it mattered to you?
- What kinds of practical experiences with archives or rare books do you want to pursue and what do you hope to learn from them?
List any courses or practical experiences in the concentration you have already completed.
(See approved courses and electives)
Along with this application, please send a PDF of your "unofficial" transcript, which you can download from BannerWeb, by e-mail attachment to Archives Concentration Director Susan Van Dyne, at firstname.lastname@example.org.