The Department of History offers an Honors Program that consists of a two-course sequence:
HIST 4797 (Honors Methods and Practice) and HIST 4799 (Honors Research and Thesis). HIST 4799 is normally taken in the semester before graduation. Students considering Honors in History should note that HIST 4797 will fulfill the requirement for HIST 4000, HIST 4001, HIST 4002, HIST 4003, or HIST 4004; and completion of HIST 4799 will fulfill the requirement for HIST 4600.
Entry into all honors courses is by permission of the department only, and requires the completion of HIST 2600 (Historical Skills Seminar) with a grade of A, as well as a GPA of 3.50 in History and 3.0 overall. Because HIST 4797 is taught in the fall only, students must complete their application to the History Honors Program well before their expected graduation. For this reason, qualified students are urged to discuss the History Honors Program with the Department’s Honors Director early in their career. Students must also formally apply and be approved for Honors Candidacy by the Honors Council, a process which will be initiated as part of the HIST 4797 course.
To be awarded Honors in History, candidates must write an Honors thesis of A quality (and thus a grade of A for HIST 4799) as judged by a committee of readers. In addition, the student must complete HIST 4797 and HIST 4799 with a 3.50 GPA or above, obtain a GPA of 3.50 or above in History courses, and an overall GPA of at least 3.0.
The honors notation will appear on a student’s official transcript.