Students are required to complete 8 tutorials within the History Department, including 2 devoted to the thesis. In addition to the tutorials, the student must complete the freshman and junior English composition requirement, 2 years of a foreign language, 2 introductory history courses, and 10 history courses above History 2999, History 3111J, 7 non-History Arts & Sciences courses, and an appropriate number of approved electives.
Internships and/or study abroad may be included within the program with special permission from the Director of Studies (credit will only be given once).
The Honors Thesis is a reflection of the student's special interests. Its acceptance, dependent upon an appropriate mixture of research and analysis, relies upon the judgment of his or her committee or the Director of Studies. It is expected that this major paper will constitute work of the highest quality in investigating a problem of concern to both scholars and practitioners. Although an intensive study of relevant theoretical and research literatures is the underpinning of the thesis, students are encouraged to augment this scholarly base with field data whenever possible.
Students are selected by the Director of Studies of the History Tutorial Program and the Honors Tutorial College on the basis of superior ability and sustained motivation. We look for good scores on standardized tests (30 composite score on the ACT or a combined score of 1300 on the SAT), but we also require a good high school record (class standing in the top 10%).
The personalized aspects of the tutorial system occasionally make it possible for us to accept students who have not performed well on standardized measures of ability but who demonstrate exceptional aptitude in other ways. Although this is a four-year program, consideration will be given to applicants of first-semester freshman.
The deadline for application for admission is December 1st, and admission interviews are held in January.
Department of History
455 Bentley Annex