The Honors Program in History is a course of study intended to offer superior students an opportunity for a more challenging investigation of historical topics in an informal, small-group setting. All students who qualify for participation in the University Honors Program are eligible to enroll in history honors courses. In addition, history majors who fulfill designated requirements may earn a transcript notation indicating that they have graduated with honors in history.
Eligibility: History majors with a grade point average of at least 3.4 both overall and in the History Department are eligible for admission to the full program. In addition, there is an Honors track for history minors and social studies majors. These students must also have a 3.4 grade point average in the Department and the University for admission. Finally, all students whose majors and minors are in other fields and who meet the academic requirements set out above are welcomed and encouraged to consider partial participation.
The Honors Program will not be for everyone. At a time of renewed emphasis upon academic standards, the Honors Program of the History Department will, without apology or equivocation, for excellence. The work will be hard, but challenging; a the same time, the potential rewards, tangible and intangible, will be great. Students who meet the qualifications are urged to give very serious consideration to participating in the program.
Benefits: First and foremost, the program offers intellectual challenge. Students participating in the program investigate topics in more detail and at a deeper level than is possible in regular course. In addition, they have an opportunity to work closely with several professors and to receive more individualized instruction than would normally be the case. Second, the succesful completion of the Honors Program or partial participation will, in all likelihood, be of considerable help in obtaining employment or securing admission to graduate or professional school and winning fellowships. The transcript will show Honors participation, the letters of recommendation will certainly point out that such students have been interested enough to do work beyond basic requirements and have demonstrated superior ability. In instances whee applicants of otherwise equal qualifications are being considered, this may well be enough to tip the scale in favor of the Honors participant. In today's tight job and graduate school markets, this is no small consideration.
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