College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Academics > History > Student Resources > Newberry Library Undergraduate Seminar
Applications Due:October 6, 2022, 11:59pm
Students will research how texts and images have shaped the idea of Mexico from the period of European invasion to the early 20th-century Revolution (1521-1921).
Additional Informationon NLUS 2023
The Newberry Library Undergraduate Seminar (NLUS) provides an opportunity for DePaul undergraduates to participate in an intensive seminar and produce an original research project using the world-renowned collections of the Newberry Library. This is an especially important opportunity for students considering graduate study in history or the humanities.
Up to five DePaul students will be selected to participate in this seminar along with students from UIC, Roosevelt, and Loyola universities. During the first part of the course, students investigate topics related to the seminar’s theme and work with the various types of resources that the Newberry has to offer. Then, under the guidance of the instructors and using primary sources from the Newberry, they select a topic to explore and develop into a research paper and presentation. The seminar is team-taught by instructors from different disciplines. (See below for more information on this year's instructors.)
This is a semester-long seminar that meets at the Newberry Library (Clark/Division stop on the CTA's Red line). Participating DePaul students will earn 9 hours of credit in two disciplines, enrolling in 4.5 credits during winter quarter and 4.5 credits in spring quarter. (Students must complete the semester-long course to receive credit for either quarter.) The two departments or programs in which the student earns credit for NLUS participation will be determined by the student in consultation with his or her advisor and the relevant departments or programs.
Participation in NLUS also can be used to satisfy the Liberal Studies "Experiential Learning" requirement.
DePaul applicants should go ahead and register for winter quarter as they would otherwise. They should nonetheless be prepared to drop one course and to make Tuesday and Thursday afternoons available if they are accepted into NLUS. Applicants will know by Thanksgiving if they have been accepted.
Special Note for History majors: Successful completion of the Newberry Library Undergraduate Seminar in some cases can satisfy the gateway-capstone sequence requirement for HST majors (fulfilling the equivalent of a 300-level HST course and HST 390). For further information about this possibility, please contact Prof. Tikoff at
The instructors are planning to host a Zoom information session for prospective NLUS applicants on the afternoon of Tuesday, September 20. Students interested in applying to the program should email Prof. Delia Cosentino (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Monday, September 19 to request the Zoom link.
Admission to the seminar is by application, and spaces are limited.The application deadline is October 6, 2022, 11:59 pm.Ready to apply? Apply now!
Students will research how texts and images have shaped the idea of Mexico from the period of European invasion to the early 20th-century Revolution (1521-1921). For a full course description, visit the Newberry Library's Undergraduate Seminar 2023 information page.
The course will be taught by Drs. Delia Cosentino and Emmanuel Ortega.
Dr. Cosentino is associate professor of the history of art and architecture at DePaul University.
Dr. Ortega is assistant professor of the School of Art and Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Contact Prof. Valentina Tikoff at