2022-23 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jul 14, 2024  
2022-23 Undergraduate Catalog

History: Honors (BA.HIS.HON)

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Bachelor of Arts in History Honors

The History Honors Program provides a more rigorous version of the History major than the regular Bachelor's program and it offers the opportunity to work even more closely with the department's faculty to produce an original piece of historical research. The program is strongly recommended for students who wish to pursue graduate study but it is appropriate for any student wishing to study history more broadly and in greater depth.


The candidate must be a History major with a GPA of at least 3.3 in History (HIS) courses as well as an overall GPA of at least 3.0.

The candidate must be recommended in writing by two members of the History faculty, one of whom will serve as the student's Honors advisor.

The candidate must then be approved as a History Honors major by the HGEP Department; such acceptance ordinarily occurs before the end of the sophomore year. The Department then forms an Honors Committee (comprised of the Honors advisor, the History Thesis Seminar instructor, and a third reader) that consults regularly with the candidate to help him or her complete the requirements below.


  1. Complete the requirements of the History major.  
  2. Complete six credits of university-level foreign language courses or equivalent language-learning experience, to be approved by the Honors Committee.
  3. Complete HIS 4910 , an independent study that focuses on developing historiographical knowledge of the student's intended History Honors Thesis topic, and should be taken prior to or concurrent with enrollment in HIS 4601: History Research Seminar.
  4. Submit a History Honors Thesis that demonstrates mastery of a historically significant topic, a thorough engagement with a wide range of primary and secondary sources, and advanced knowledge of-and ability to employ-historical methods, theories and research skills.
  5. Conduct a public defense of the History Honors Thesis in which the candidate satisfactorily presents, explains, and defends the research, writing, organization, and conclusions of the thesis. The oral defense takes place no later than the last week of the candidate's final semester.

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