The BISC program places an emphasis on primary research, an academic possibility most students do not get to experience until their postgraduate studies. We set up opportunities for primary research for both first year and upper year undergraduates; because we believe it fosters active learning and independent thought.
Some of the primary research-based projects take advantage of the riches of our immediate vicinity, such as archeological digs of Roman and Medieval sites in the castle grounds. Others are archive based, with study visits to the National Archives at Kew, the Wiener Library in Bloomsbury, and the Lee Miller Archive in Chiddingly.
While some are gallery or museum centered, including visits to view and discuss the world class art and artifacts at the British Museum or the Courtauld Gallery in London, and the Musée D’Orsay and the Musée Gustave Moreau in Paris. Students in some literary and historical courses will be trained to read cityscapes as primary sources on walking tours of London, Brighton and the Marais district of Paris, for example.
Primary research has proved a key element of the BISC program that motivates our first years to high achievement as they continue their degree, while upper years will head towards graduate school and employment with enhanced resumes.