History Honors Program

A history student works with historical documents with a staff member in a local museum STUDYING HISTORY BLENDS THE BEST of the old with the best of the new, from the history-capturing value of handwritten manuscripts to Internet research.

Top students get advanced opportunities in the History Honors Program

The honors program has been created to enhance the education of qualified history majors.

History majors with a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA and a 3.5 GPA in history courses are eligible to apply for the honors program during their third semester. Students will complete at least one semester of HIST 487 or upper-level history honors course and two semesters of honors thesis research and writing.

This program is particularly encouraged for students seeking admission to graduate or professional schools. Honors coursework is designated on university transcripts; students completing the honors program are recognized at departmental commencement ceremonies.

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 one 400-level topics course.

Students interested in the History Honors program should discuss this opportunity as early as possible with their advisors.

More honors options for top students

You can also study history as a student in the Cook Honors College at IUP.