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Honors Program

The Director of Undergraduate Studies administers the honors program offered by the Department of History. Candidates for honors should discuss the program with either the Director of Undergraduate Studies or with the Undergraduate Assistant (LT-712).

The requirements listed below are for students who matriculated after fall 1999. All other students should consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies regarding their eligibility for the honors degree.

To be eligible to earn honors, a history major must:
- Have a GPA of 3.60 in History
- Have taken at least one 400-level seminar course, in which the student must have earned a grade or A or A-
* Both of the above conditions must be satisfied by the end of the student's next-to-last semester.

To earn the honors degree, students must either write an honors thesis or take a written comprehensive examination. In both cases, the student's faculty supervisor closely guides preparation. The final work (thesis or exam) must be judged worthy (of honors, high honors or highest honors) by both the faculty supervisor and another faculty member from within the Department of History, who is designated either the "second reader" or the "faculty examiner." (Under certain conditions, the second reader may be a faculty member from another department, as approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies). In case of disagreement between these two faculty members, the Director of Undergraduate Studies will designate a third examiner/reader. This work may be completed during the student's last semester.

Applying for Honors:

Students must submit an application for the honors degree in History. Students who wish to commence their honors work in fall 2012 should submit their application by 7 September 2012. The deadline for spring 2013 will be 30 January 2013. Students should consult with a potential faculty advisor as they complete their application form. Please note that meeting eligibility criteria does not guarantee the right to do honors work: applications will be reviewed by potential faculty supervisors, who will then decide which applicants will proceed to conduct honors work.

The Honors Application Form can be found above, under "important forms."


All students must now write an honors thesis.

The student must arrange with a faculty member in the History Department to supervise the research and writing of a thesis, and with a second member of the department to read the thesis. Students writing an honors thesis may (but are not required to) register for HIST 498 and 499. These courses may not be used to satisfy the history major requirement. For more information, the student should refer to the "Rules Governing the Preparation of Undergraduate Honors Theses," available from the undergraduate director.

As an assessment, the thesis will be judged worthy (of honors, high honors or highest honors) by the faculty supervisor and one other member of the department (or a faculty member outside the department approved by the undergraduate director). In case of disagreement between the two readers, a third is designated by the undergraduate director. This work may be completed during the student's last semester.

Honors Deadlines

The following deadlines are meant as a guide to assist students and faculty in ensuring the timely completion of honors work. Each student has a slightly different schedule and program. Students and advisors should therefore review this list together, highlighting the deadlines that apply to each individual student's honors program.

Fall 2013 (Under Construction)

Spring 2013 (Under Construction)

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Last Updated: 11/20/13