The Honors Tutorial College program in history offers exceptional students the opportunity to study the many aspects of history in one-on-one relationships with our faculty members. Maximum opportunities will be afforded for the student to progress well beyond the material found in conventional courses.

The primary purpose of the tutorial program is to serve as preparation for graduate study. Students will receive a degree of Bachelor of Arts in history from The Honors Tutorial College.

Program Overview

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

The senior 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 their 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.

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 November 15th, and admission interviews are held in January.

Director of Studies

Kevin Uhalde

Associate Professor, Kevin Uhalde
423 Bentley Annex


  • Ph.D. in History and the Program in the Ancient World from Princeton University
  • B.A. in History and Classical Civilization from Mary Washington College


  • Late Antiquity
  • Early Medieval
  • Law & Society; Christianity

Kevin Uhalde is Associate Professor of History, Honors Tutorial College Director of Studies, History Pre-Law Advisor, and a faculty member in the Center for Law, Justice & Culture. He has also served as Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of History, two terms on the Faculty Senate, and as President of Ohio University’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).


Kevin Uhalde teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Europe and the Mediterranean region during Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. He directs theses and conducts honors tutorials and independent studies in the same fields and has received the Distinguished Mentor Award from the Honors Tutorial College. His regular courses include:

  • HIST 1210: Western Civilization: Antiquity to 1500
  • HIST 1222: Medieval History in Film & Literature
  • HIST 3520/5520: Roman Law & Society
  • HIST 3521/5521: Medieval Law & Society
  • HIST 3531/5531: Vikings – Saxons – Franks
  • HIST 3540/5540: History of Early Christianity
  • HIST 3293/5293: World of Late Antiquity
  • HIST 4130: Philosophy of History