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Make Your Own History–Write a Thesis

Published: May 10th, 2017

Category: Feature, History Department News

Looking for a challenge? Seeking to take your skills as a historian to the next level? Interested in working one-on-one with a faculty member?

If so, consider the History Honors’ Program. Every year, the Program brings together 20-30 motivated and serious students (mostly from History, but also related departments) to work on their senior thesis projects. During the fall, students enroll in the History Honors Workshop, where, under the direction of Professor Harland-Jacobs, they design their projects, conduct research in primary and secondary sources, gain experience presenting their ideas, and initiate the writing process. In the spring, they work with their faculty advisors to complete the writing and revising of the thesis. The cohort comes back together in April for the History Honors Conference, a true highlight of the Department’s annual calendar.

Participating in the Honors Program provides outstanding preparation for graduate and professional school. It also gives students the opportunity to do what historians do — ask questions, explore ideas, read sources, write and present their work, and collaborate with fellow scholars. Some even publish their work in Alpata and other undergraduate journals.

There are still a few spots open in the 2017-2018 class. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis over the summer.

Please contact Professor Harland-Jacobs ( if you have any questions or need assistance identifying a faculty advisor.

For more information, check out the History Honors Program webpages.

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