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History Department

Honors Program

General Description

The Honors Program in History offers students with above-average abilities and ambition an opportunity to do primary source-based research on a topic of their own choosing, write a 35-40-page thesis, and earn an Honors degree.  Students who meet the CQPR requirements are invited to apply for admission to the program at the end of the Fall semester in their 2/C year, using their HH300 research project prospectus as a proposal.

Those admitted to the program will follow the normal history major, with the following exceptions:

  • During the Spring semester of their 2/C year:
    • They will take an Honors Colloquium (HH508) and an Honors Thesis Readings course (HH512)
  • During the Fall semester of their 1/C year:
    • They will take an Honors Senior Thesis course (HH509)

Honors students choose a faculty member to serve as their advisor and with whom to work closely on their honors thesis. Students work one-on-one with their advisors in HH512 and HH509. For course registration planning, students should note that HH508 replaces the regular senior seminar (HH400A & B).

Click here for a sample Honors class matrix.

Requirements for Admission to the Program

  • 3.0 CQPR (with no Ds or Fs)
  • 3.5 CQPR in all History courses (maximum of 2 Cs)
  • 2.75 CQPR in Professional courses (with no Fs)
  • 2.5 CQPR in Conduct (with no Fs)
  • 2.0 CQPR in Physical Education (with no Fs)

Midshipmen admitted to the program must meet or exceed these standards by the time they graduate in order to earn a degree in Honors.

The Honors Committee

In addition to working with a thesis advisor, students also work with the members of the History Honors Committee, usually consisting of four faculty members. The Honors Committee will pose questions and provide guidance at two critical junctures: at the thesis proposal review in March of 2/C year and at the thesis defense in January of 1/C year.  While the thesis advisor provides the grades in the two senior thesis courses (HH512, HH509), the Honors Committee is responsible for determining whether a thesis is successful and for awarding the distinction of Honors. Students are welcome to contact any member of the Honors Committee at any time.

History Honors Committee Chairs

  • 2022: Associate Professor Wayne Hsieh
  • 2023: Commander BJ Armstrong, USN
  • 2024: Professor Rick Ruth
  • 2025: Professor Brannon Wheeler
  • 2026: Professor Brian VanDeMark

Honors Resources

History Honors Thesis Proposal Guideline

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