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History Honors Program

The honors program is open by departmental permission to History, History Pre-Law, and Social Studies Education/History majors with a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA and a 3.5 GPA in History courses. Students complete at least one semester of HIST 487 (a variable-topic course open also to students in the Robert E. Cook Honors College) and two semesters of honors thesis research and writing. Honors theses are completed individually under the direction of a department professor who specializes in the student’s area of interest and are approved by a thesis committee comprising the director and two other readers, one of whom may come from outside the History Department. Honors History courses count toward the major; completion of an honors thesis substitutes for HIST 480.

Students interested in the History Honors program should discuss this opportunity as early as possible with their advisors. Students may file a declaration of intent during the sophomore year; a formal application for admission must be made, normally early in the junior year. The program is particularly encouraged for students intending to seek admission to graduate or professional schools. Honors coursework is designated on university transcripts; students completing the departmental honors program are recognized at departmental commencement ceremonies.

For more information, see the undergraduate catalog.

  • History Department
  • Keith Hall, Room 203
    390 Pratt Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705-1087
  • Phone: 724-357-2284
  • Fax: 724-357-6478
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.