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Honors in History

Advisor: Professor Russ

The History Department participates fully in the University Honors Program, including offering its majors the possibility of earning an Honors Degree. Students, however, need not be pursuing the Honors Degree to enroll in Honors courses. Each semester the department offers a number of classes in Honors format, including Western Civilization and United States History as well as various upper-level courses. These courses are open to students with a 3.0 or better index or permission of the instructor. Strong students are encouraged to enroll in Honors sections, which are characterized by small size, close student-faculty contact, and an emphasis on discussion and writing.

In addition to regular courses in Honors, students may also take advantage of the Short Course options which provide an opportunity to study a topic without a long term commitment. These courses offer one Honors credit and are held during a three and one-half week period during mid-semester.

The Honors Degree in History requires a minimum of (30) credit hours in History courses including at least 18 Honors credits, distributed as follows:

  1. 12 Honors credits, at least 6 of which will be at the 300 level or above.

  2. 6 Honors credits in the senior year for the completion of an Honors thesis based on independent research. The research and thesis are approved by the student's project advisor and the Departmental Honors Committee. The student makes an oral defense of the completed thesis. This defense is administered jointly by the Department and the Honors Program.

To receive an Honors Degree in History a student also fulfills the general requirements of the Honors Bachelor Degree, including maintenance of a cumulative grade point average of 3.40 or better.