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Undergraduate Program

Honors Program

Requirements for Honors in History

Students who meet the necessary qualifications will be invited at the end of their junior year to apply to the honors program. Invitations are based on grade-point average in the department and on progress toward finishing department degree requirements.

To graduate with honors in history, students must, in addition to the regular department degree requirements:

  • Complete an additional 300W-level history course (not including HIS 393W)
  • Have a departmental cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.7
  • Complete a distinguished research paper under the direction of a faculty advisor

This thesis must be of at least A- quality in order to secure honors. 

Seniors who hope to graduate with honors typically start on their thesis in the fall semester, either by taking a 300W-level seminar in an area relevant to their topic, or by arranging to take HIS 391: Independent Readings or HIS 393: Senior Project with their likely honors advisor in order to begin their research. 

In the spring, while completing their thesis, honors students ordinarily register for HIS 393W: Senior Project. We also strongly encourage all honors students to take the optional two-credit HIS 398: Honors Seminar, which meets once a month in the spring semester. The purpose of the honors seminar is to provide a forum in which students present preliminary versions of their senior thesis and get critical response from both their student peers and the director of the honors program. The program culminates with a half-day honors colloquium at the end of the spring semester.

Requirements for Distinction in History

To graduate with distinction in history, students must have a GPA of 3.7 in the major. To receive highest distinction in history, students must have a GPA of 3.8 in the major.