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Undergraduate Catalog | 2017-2018 
Undergraduate Catalog | 2017-2018 Previous Edition

History, Honors Program

The B.A. in History with History Honors is the highest distinction the Department of History offers.  This Honors Council-sanctioned accolade attests to a candidate’s exemplary grade point average in their major, the completion of honors coursework; as well as the successful defense of a distinguished undergraduate thesis.  Honors in History is a great preparation for graduate school, and/or a stellar addition to a student’s resume.  The honors notation will appear on a student’s official transcript. 

Admission Requirements

Entry into all honors courses is by permission of the department only, and requires the completion of HIST 2600  with a grade of A, as well as a GPA of 3.50 in History and 3.0 overall. 

Because HIST 4797  is taught only in the Fall semester, 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 HIST 4797 .


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 .

Grade Requirements

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.