History Honors Program
Through its Honors Program, the Department of History offers students who have demonstrated very strong academic ability the opportunity to engage in more advanced research and writing than the regular major program requires. The program is not limited to students who intend to undertake graduate study or pursue careers in history, but it can be of particular benefit to such students.
Students who complete the requirements described below will graduate “With Honors in History.” Students who complete these requirements and also take the requisite courses prescribed by the University Honors Program will graduate as “University Honors Scholars.”
Requirements for Honors Degree in History:
Eligibility for Admission:
Senior Honors Thesis Proposal:
Description of the thesis:
The thesis should be 40-60 pages long. It should draw extensively on primary sources, show an awareness of other scholarly contributions to the field, and contribute to the body of scholarly information.
Upon completion of the thesis, the faculty advisor chair of the committee will read it and, if it is found to be satisfactory, will pass it on to the rest of the committee for their approval. After the entire committee has approved it, the student will meet with the committee to discuss the results. This process will last no longer than one hour and, at the student’s discretion, be open to the public.
At the conclusion of the meeting, the committee will advise the committee chair, who is the instructor of record, on a grade for the thesis. For departmental or university honors, the student must receive a grade of “A” or “B.” If the student receives a passing grade lower than a “B,” the hours earned in History 4980 will count as elective credit hours, and the student will not graduate with honors.
History Department – Departmental Honors Program quarter to semester plan
The conversion will be done on a 1:1 basis. If a student plans to do an 8-hour thesis under quarters and completes 4 quarter hours, then s/he would need to complete 3 additional hours (the equivalent of one course) under semesters.
Likewise, if a student plans to do a 12-hour thesis under quarters and completes 4 quarter hours, then s/he would need to complete 6 additional hours (the equivalent of two courses) under semesters.