University of Rochester

The Honors Program

Requirements for Honors in History

Students who meet the necessary qualifications will be invited at the end of their junior year to apply to the honors programs. Invitations are based on grade-point average in the department and on progress toward finishing department degree requirements. To graduate with honors in history, students must in addition to the regular department degree requirements, have completed an additional 300W-level history course (that is, two total--not including HIS 393W); have a Departmental cumulative grade-point average of at least a 3.7; and have completed a distinguished research paper under the direction of a faculty adviser. This thesis must be of at least A- quality in order to secure honors.
Seniors who hope to graduate with honors typically get started on their theses in the fall semester, either by taking a 300W-level seminar in an area relevant to their topic, or by arranging to take History 391 (Independent Readings) or 393 (Senior Project) with their likely honors advisor in order to begin their research.  In the spring, while completing their thesis, honors students ordinarily register for History 393W (Senior Project). We also strongly encourage all honors students to take the optional two-credit Honors Seminar (History 398), which meets once a month in the spring semester.  The purpose of the honors seminar is to provide a forum in which students present preliminary versions of their senior theses and get critical response from both their student peers and the director of the honors program. The program culminates with a half-day honors colloquium at the end of the spring semester.

Requirements for Distinction in History

To graduate with distinction in History, students must have a GPA of 3.7 in the major. To receive highest distinction in History, students must have a GPA of 3.8 in the major.