The Honors Thesis offers students the opportunity to explore their
research interests in history and work with a major professor in
their field of study.
The thesis is undertaken in capstone courses directed by a faculty
member in the Department of History.
The student's advisory committee will consist of the thesis
director and two additional faculty members (one from another
The thesis project should be a year-long, 6 credit hour endeavor
begun in the Senior-year Fall semester (3 credits) and completed
during the following Spring semester (3 credits).
The thesis project may be a research paper. Alternatively the
thesis project may, for example, explore another culture through a
study abroad program, with the student providing analyses and
conclusions about the experience of the culture through art, film,
etc. The student's advisor must approve the format of the thesis
The student will make a public presentation of the thesis project
and give copies of it to the History Department, the University
Honors Program, and (if required) to the Sherrod Library.
In consultation with the HiD Director, students may develop an
interdisciplinary topic combining as many as two major fields of
For a copy of the Thesis Guidelines, the Recommended Thesis
Timetable, and the Thesis Formatting Guidelines, see the link on