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Undergraduate Program

Honors Program & Lasch Fellowship

 The Department offers History majors the opportunity to conduct an extensive research project of their own choosing through the Honors Program. Students may use the program as a capstone, to further explore a topic covered in a previous seminar or as a first step towards graduate school. Students who have completed the program take great pride in this culminating experience of their undergraduate career. This is a challenging process and is not meant for all History majors. The program is explicitly designed for students interested in researching and writing original theses (typically, 35-45 pages), which they will revise over the course of the Fall and Spring of their senior year. It also provides students the opportunity of working closely with a faculty advisor who will help navigate them through the research process. The proposal process for Honors takes place during the Spring semester of junior year. The Undergraduate Studies committee will evaluate proposals on the basis of scholarly merit, viability and the student’s ability to express ideas clearly. Please note that not all proposals will be accepted. Students whose projects have been approved are encouraged to seek research funds in order to advance their research over the summer between junior and senior year. An informational meeting will take place in late January to further explain the program.

Please see the following attachments for the Honors program and its requirements:
Class of 2021 Overview
Faculty Agreement Form for Class of 2021

Class of 2022 Overview
Faculty Agreement Form for Class of 2022

Honors Program sample application

For further information please write the Director of Undergraduate Studies (


Class of 2020 Honors Colloquium: Thursday, April 30, 9:00am-1:00pm, Gamble Room

The Honors Colloquium is an annual half-day event at which Honors Program participants present their senior thesis research for an audience of faculty, family, and friends.