Folger Undergraduate Program

The Folger Undergraduate Program offers the rare opportunity for undergraduates to have full access to the Library’s collections as part of an intensive research seminar on books and early modern culture.

Each seminar meets weekly at the Library under the tutelage of Dr. Sarah Werner. Students learn basic archival research skills, are introduced to the field of book history, and pursue advanced independent research on early modern topics. Folger staff and guest faculty complement the syllabus readings in order to provide a wide-ranging introduction to the methods and topics of current research in early modern studies.

The seminars are open by application to juniors and seniors from The George Washington University and Georgetown University, and from other Folger Institute Consortium schools. Once admitted to the course, students become Readers at the Library during the seminar, and are able to apply for an extension of their Reading privileges in order to draw on the collections for their senior thesis research.

For more information on this semester’s undergraduate seminar, including course description, admissions information, and syllabus, please visit the Folger’s Undergraduate Program website.