The history department offers an honors program for students who wish to research and write a thesis during their senior year. In addition to writing the thesis, honors students must maintain a 3.5 average in their history courses, take HIST 4000 - Introduction to Historical Research during their junior (or sophomore) year, and complete 10 courses in history (for 3 or 4 credits each).
Honors in History requirements:
- 10 history courses (with a grade of “C” or better), which include:
- History 4000 (Introduction to Historical Research), taken in junior year. Majors wishing to continue to HIST 4001 are required to find a thesis supervisor and submit the Honors Application by May 15th of their Junior year.
- History 4001 (Honors Guidance: Thesis Research) taken in the first semester of senior year (a permission code for enrollment will be generated after the honors application is approved).
- History 4002 (Honors Guidance: Thesis Writing) taken in the second semester of senior year.
- At least a 3.5 average within the History department.
- 3 of the ten courses must be in history before 1800.
- 4 of the ten courses must be four of the five different World Areas.
- 2 of the ten courses, must be seminars. One of these seminars must be a 4000-level seminar. Service-learning 4000-level courses may not be used to fulfill the 4000-level seminar requirement.
Note: History majors who wish both to study abroad (or in Cornell-in-Washington) and to enter the honors program should consult their advisors or the DUS as soon as possible after declaring a major. The department requires honors students to enroll in History 4000 before writing a thesis in their senior year, and may not enroll simultaneously in 4000 and 4001 (the first term of thesis-writing). So planning ahead is essential, especially if you intend to spend a full year abroad.