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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History with Departmental Honors, BA

The history departmental honors major offers an opportunity for motivated and capable students to engage in more extensive interaction with faculty and to complete challenging individual research projects that will further their personal and professional goals.

Application to the major: To be accepted to the program, students must have a cumulative and major/program grade point average of 3.50 and must have completed HIST 1200 , either HIST 1210  or HIST 2310 , HIST 2010 , HIST 2020 , and 10 elective credits in history. (As an alternative to HIST 1200  and HIST 1210  or HIST 2310 , students may complete the University Honors Program history sequence: HONR 1210 HONR 1230 , HONR 2210 , and HONR 2220 ). Interested students should apply to the department chairperson in spring quarter for the following year’s department honors courses. Upon acceptance, a Change of Major, Degree, or Specialization form is submitted to the Office of the Registrar.

Completion of the major: During senior year, departmental honors students will take the departmental honors sequence (HIST 3770  in fall quarter, a 4000-level history research seminar in winter quarter, and HIST 4790  in spring quarter). Students in the departmental honors program complete 5 credits of course work above the norm for history majors (for a total of 70 credits in history) and write a substantial thesis under the direction of a faculty member. The thesis will be graded by departmental faculty and presented in an oral defense. In order to complete the requirements for departmental honors and receive a notation to that effect on their transcripts, students must also maintain a cumulative and major/program grade point average of 3.50. In addition, the grade received for HIST 4790  Departmental Honors Thesis Supervision, must be an A or A-. In addition to the bachelor of arts major in history requirements, the honors major also includes:

Departmental Honors Requirements

10 credits in history departmental honors, including:

Policy for University Honors Program Students

University Honors Program students who have completed all four of the honors history courses (HONR 1210 , 1230 , 2210 , 2220 ) may earn a history major by taking an additional 45 credits in history. These credits include HIST 2010 , 2020 , 4900 ,  ten credits of 3000-level non-European history courses, and one five-credit 4000-level history research seminar.

Those wishing to complete the history major with departmental honors will, in addition, complete HIST 4790 .

University Honors Program students who have successfully completed all four University Honors history courses may earn a minor in history by completing 15 or more history credits at the 3000-4000 level, and one five-credit 4000-level history research seminar.