The Department of History's honors program is not the same as collegiate honors, and you do not need to belong to collegiate honors in order to participate in this program. The qualifications for the program are as follows:
- History major
- At least junior status
- Completion of History 291 (Effective Fall 2011)
- 3.67 GPA in history courses
- 3.50 overall GPA (Effective Fall 2011)
The required GPAs include courses taken elsewhere if the credits have been transferred. The requirements of the program are:
- Register for the Honors Tutorial (History 397). The Honors Tutorial is offered only in the Fall Semester. The Tutorial involves writing a research paper, based on primary sources, of about 20-30 pages. The results of this research are presented in a short oral presentation at a gala finale class to which friends, family, and other faculty are invited.
- Register for an Honors Colloquium (History 396: Variable Title). An Honors Colloquium is offered in the Spring Semester at the Lake Shore Campus on various topics chosen by the professor.
- Either History 396 or History 397 may be counted as an elective so that there is a total of 13 courses for the Honors Program-one course beyond the regular major requirement.
- Newberry Library Undergraduate Seminars may be counted for History 291, 396 or 397 (3 hrs. credit).
Upon completion of the program, students attaining honors in history will have this noted on their college transcripts and will receive a silver honors key from the department at its annual luncheon for graduating seniors. Their names will also be called at the Awards Convocation held each May.
Here is the honors history major program in schematic form:
Introductory (Core) - Four courses, one from each of the following categories:
|European||Hist. 101, 102, 106, HONR 101, HONR 102|
|American||Hist. 111, 112, 103, HONR 203|
|Non-Western||Hist. 104, 108, 109, HONR 208, 209, 210, 212|
|Your choice||Hist. 101, 102, 106, 111, 112, 103, 104, 108, 109, HONR 101, HONR 102, HONR 203, HONR 208, 209, 210, 212|
Methods Course (1)
|History 291||Historical Methods (formerly Junior Colloquium)|
Required Areas (4)
|History __||300-Level Pre-1700 European History|
|History __||300-Level Post-1700 European History*|
|History __||300-Level course in U.S. History *|
|History __||300-Level course in Africa, Asia, Latin America, or Middle East *|
Electives - Two 3-hour courses, 300-level history courses, one of which can be the history internship (398)*
Honors Course (2)
|History 396H||Honors Colloquium (writing intensive) (Spring)|
|History 397H||Honors Tutorial (writing intensive) (Fall)|
*NOTE: Courses 292 and above are considered 300-Level courses.
Please contact Dr. Kyle Roberts if you are interested in the Department of History's honors program, 773.508.2215.