"Really important - the best thing I did as a history major."
"It taught me how to think and write, and I know I'm going to have to do both for a career that's going to satisfy."
"I learned a lot from working one-on-one with my advisor - she taught me how to do history up close and on my own."
These are just a few of the comments students have made about the honors program in history. Honors is a way for talented undergraduates to explore for themselves the practice of history. Students design, research, and write their own project in history, and the possibilities are almost limitless. You have plenty of help along the way, with honors courses and a faculty honors advisor.
Along with the satisfaction of completing your project is the distinction of having departmental honors noted on your B.A. transcript -- a distinction noted by employers and graduate school admissions officers in search of first-rate students.
Full details, along with a description of courses and historical areas, are on our degree requirements page.
Students intending to study law should follow the general requirements for the major. In addition, those interested in legal careers should concentrate on developing particular kinds of skills needed in legal education and practice. For further information, please contact the history department's Academic Advisor, or our Pre-law Advisor, Professor Michael Grossberg. Majors should also keep in contact with the University's Pre-Law advising office located in Maxwell Hall 010 (855-1873).
Recognizing the knowledge and skills History provides, many students decide to complement other major areas and disciplines with a History degree. Many of our students have double majors in Political Science, Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, English, and Religious Studies. Students seeking a double major must have two advisors, one from each department in which they propose to study, and the final program of studies must be approved by the College of Arts and Sciences. For more information contact the College Recorder’s office.
Students interested in African-American History can greatly benefit from this interdisciplinary major. For more information, see the College of Arts and Sciences Bulletin.
History majors in good standing and with appropriate language training may earn credit toward the major and toward other degree requirements in the university’s overseas study programs.