The Senior Honors Thesis program in History is intended for those students
who have a record of high performance in upper-level History courses and who
have developed an interest and some background in a well-focused research topic.
Students interested in writing a Senior Honors Thesis should read the relevant
section of the
Bulletin dealing with the Liberal Arts Thesis Honors Program. You may wish
to discuss this possibility with your History advisor when you declare the
major, and begin to plan your history course work accordingly. It is especially
recommended that those intending to apply to write a Senior Honors Thesis
complete their Research Seminar requirement before their senior year.
In consultation with your advisor and/or a relevant member of the History
faculty, you should make a formal application, if possible, by the end of your
junior year (if you are abroad, you can do this via e-mail). To be accepted,
your proposal must be endorsed by a member of the History faculty, who must
consent to serve as chair of your thesis committee. For an Honors Thesis in
History the committee must have three members: two from History and one from an
outside department. While students may apply as late as the beginning of their
senior year, they risk not finding a faculty member willing to serve as chair of
their committee. In addition, applications often involve getting faculty advice
about refining and focusing a proposal. This is a process that should be begun
well before fall registration. Not all proposals, even those by highly qualified
students, can be accepted due to the limited number of theses a faculty member
can be expected to direct and to the possibility that a faculty member with the
appropriate expertise may unavailable. Therefore it is important to initiate
your planning as early as possible. All thesis writers must enroll in HIST 198:
Senior Thesis Colloquium, for the fall semester of their thesis year.
Honors Thesis Assistance
Academic Resource Center (ARC) provides supports for thesis writers.
International Research Colloquium & Thesis Exchange
The History Department, in partnership with International
Relations and other departments in Arts and Sciences, established
and supports the International Research Colloquium and the Thesis
Exchange. The International Research Colloquium is a one semester
full credit course offered to Sophomores. It is designed to prepare
students to undertake quality research while studying abroad in
their junior year. The Thesis Exchange is an intellectual and social
community of senior honors thesis writers and their faculty. It is
designed to encourage quality scholarship, and culminates in a
public presentation of thesis research. It meets monthly during the
academic year and is not offered for credit.