The Department of History encourages excellent students to participate in its Honors Program. Students who are accepted take a two-semester Senior Honors Seminar (HIST 408-409) in which they produce a distinguished research thesis of scholarly depth and analytical sophistication. Recent theses are available electronically through Lauinger Library. The Seminar allows one the opportunity to work closely with other Honors students and individually with a faculty member. This work can be a capstone for the major and a culmination of a student’s undergraduate experience.
All History majors in the College and SFS are welcome to apply, and, if admitted, to take the Seminar and write a thesis (though to graduate with “History Honors” students must maintain a GPA of 3.667 in the major). The year-long Seminar fulfills the requirements for two courses numbered 300 or above and, depending on the topic, can be applied to whichever region needed.
To apply to the Honors program, please complete the following:
2. Thesis proposal. Applicants must submit a two-page, double-spaced proposal outlining their topic and questions to be addressed. The proposal must include a bibliography identifying possible archives/libraries/primary sources appropriate for the thesis as well as relevant secondary source material.
3. Writing sample. Include a writing sample of at least five pages (double-spaced) from a History class showing original analysis and/or primary source research
4. Unofficial transcript.
5. Formal recommendation. Sent separately by a member of the History department.
Please email the first four items to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, March 15 at 5pm; direct your recommendation writer to email their letter separately. The Honors Committee will evaluate the proposals and post the results before registration begins. All decisions of the Honors Committee are final.
Late Applications Will Not be Considered.
The department will host a workshop in January (schedule to be determined by student interest) to help students form their thesis proposal and put together their application.
Interested candidates may contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Amy Leonard, for more information.