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Undergraduate Thesis (Honours Thesis)

Undergraduate Thesis (History 4995 – Six Credit Hours)

Revised:  2019

Senior students majoring in History may be eligible to complete an Honours Thesis and, if the final grade is B+ or higher, earn the corresponding designation on their official transcripts and degree parchments.  The thesis will be written over the course of an academic year, and is therefore worth 6 credits. The entire thesis, including introduction, conclusion, and bibliography, should be approximately sixty pages in length.  The Honours thesis is a single work that represents the pinnacle of achievement of an undergraduate student in History.  Students who write an Honours Thesis will be required to give a public presentation on their research at the end of the spring semester.  Once the thesis has been completed, it will be added to the collections of the University library.

The prerequisites are as follows (current to 2019-20, will be updated in 2020-21):

Fourth-year standing (a minimum of 90.0 credit hours)
AND A cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher
AND A cumulative GPA of 3.50 on all History courses
AND A minimum of 13 courses (39.0 credit hours) in History
AND History 2222
AND One Independent Study (3.0 credit hours) in History at the 3000 or 4000 level
AND Application to the Department of History

Students who satisfy these criteria must first of all discuss potential thesis topics with a professor who has agreed to supervise them.  Please note that only exceptional students will be allowed to undertake an Honours Thesis: the prerequisites listed above will not be waived under any circumstances.

The evaluation and final grading of History 4995 will be done jointly by the student's supervisor and an additional departmental advisor, chosen in consultation with the chair.

*History 4995 CANNOT be used to complete either of the two 4000-level course requirements for the History major.

Honours Thesis Applications

To demonstrate their serious intent to engage in the research and a sufficient background in the field, students must submit the following items to the prospective supervisor no later than the end of May:

(1) A preliminary two-page bibliography

(2) A two-page proposal, with a description of the proposed study and an outline of the steps by which it will be completed.

The supervisor must submit the proposal and bibliography electronically to the graduate education committee no later than the end of June.  That committee will make its decision within two weeks of receiving the proposal and successful applicants can then get the application form from Bev Garnett. After the student, supervisor, and department chair have signed the form, it must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.