"Really important - the best thing I did as a history major."
"It taught me how to think and write, and I know I'm going to have to do both for a career that's going to satisfy."
"I learned a lot from working one-on-one with my advisor - she taught me how to do history up close and on my own."
These are just a few of the comments students have made about the honors program in history. Honors is a way for talented undergraduates to explore for themselves the practice of history. Students design, research, and write their own project in history, and the possibilities are almost limitless. You have plenty of help along the way, with honors courses and a faculty honors advisor.
Along with the satisfaction of completing your project is the distinction of having departmental honors noted on your B.A. transcript -- a distinction noted by employers and graduate school admissions officers in search of first-rate students.
Requirements for Honors:
- Students may apply to the Honors Program in the spring semester of their sophomore or junior year. The application requires at least one letter of recommendation from a member of the History Department faculty, as well as a transcript and writing sample.
- At least 33 credits in History with 3.50 minimum Major GPA and a minimum 3.30 Cumulative GPA.
- At least 15 of the 30 credits must be taken on the IU Bloomington campus
- At least 18 of the 30 credits must be completed at the 300 and/or 400 level
- Meet all Concentration, Field, and elective credits for the major.
- HIST K392 which replaces both J300 and J400 and fulfills the campus Intensive Writing requirement
- Either HIST K498 (3 credit Honors Paper) or HIST K499 (6 credit Thesis with Oral Defense).