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Requirements for Honors in History

  • 10 history courses (with a grade of “C” or better), which include:    

    History 4000 (Honors Proseminar), taken in junior year. Majors wishing to continue to HIST 4001 are required to find a thesis supervisor by May 1st of their Junior year.
    History 4001 (Honors Guidance: Thesis Research) taken in the first semester of senior year
    History 4002 (Honors Guidance: Thesis Writing) taken in the second semester of senior year.
  • At least a 3.5 average within the History department.
  • 3 of the ten courses must be in history before 1800.
  • 4 of the ten courses must be outside of U.S. History. 
  • 2 of the ten courses, must be seminars.  One of these seminars must be a 4000-level seminar.   HIST 4000, 4001, 4002 and service-learning 4000-level courses may not be used to fulfill the 4000-level seminar requirement. 

Note: History majors who wish both to study abroad (or in Cornell-in-Washington) and to enter the honors program should consult their advisors or the DUS as soon as possible after declaring a major. The department requires honors students to enroll in History 4000 before writing a thesis in their senior year, and cannot enroll simultaneously in 4000 and 4001 (the first term of thesis-writing). So planning ahead is essential, especially if you intend to spend a full year abroad.

Honors Application

Pre-1800 & Outside U.S. History Courses