The Department of History encourages excellent students to participate in its Honors Program. Junior majors apply and are selected for the Program on the basis of their GPA and research project. The Program consists of a two-semester Senior Honors Seminar, in which students produce a distinguished research thesis of scholarly depth and analytical sophistication. The recent theses are now available electronically through the Lauinger Library.
The Department also bestows four other awards to graduating seniors in history, the Morris Medal and the Foley Award to history majors in the college and the Davids and Nevils awards to history majors in the School of Foreign Service. Awards since 2004.
Phi Alpha Theta is the National History Honor Society. Georgetown's Chapter, Beta Pi, was founded in 1948. We invite all students interested in history to learn more about Phi Alpha Theta and Beta Pi.
In 2016 Georgetown undergraduates launched a new on-line Georgetown Journal of History; this is an entirely student-run publication, which will publish one issue every Spring.
Finally, here are a few examples of recent accomplishments by our majors:
Will Redmond (HIST 2015) and Sam Kleinman (HIST 2016) published articles in the 2014 issue of the Michigan Journal of History.
Mike Donnay (HIST 2016) delivered a paper at a conference at the U.S. Naval Academy in September 2015 (you can see the video of Mike's presentation here - his paper starts at the 40-minute mark).
Matthew Quallen (IHIS 2016) has been awarded a Marshall Fellowship for graduate study in the United Kingdom.
Peter Prindiville (IHIS 2014) has been awarded a Mitchell Fellowship.
Emily Kent (HIST 2016) has been awarded a Fulbright fellowship and will spend one year in Salzburg, Austria, teaching English and studying late medieval ecclesiastical history.
Matthew Hinson (IHIS 2017) has been awarded a Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship.