To earn a B.A. degree with "honors in history," a student needs to complete an independent research project of significance.  We require students to submit their Honors Project proposal (complete with topic, sources, and faculty committee members) before the end of students' junior year.  An honors project requires forethought and planning, but it is an excellent capstone to a student's career.  For a student contemplating graduate study, this could be a tremendous experience.  To be eligible for Honors, students must have a GPA of 3.3 in history courses and a GPA of 3.0 overall.  More information about honors in history can be found in the Department of History portion of the undergraduate catalog on the H&S website.  To see a model of a previous honors paper, contact the chair of the History department.

Students Who Have Earned Honors In History:

(thesis titles are listed when available)

2015   Eric Trautman-Mosher, "Various and Sundrys for the Indians: The Creation of an Anglo-Abenaki Middle Ground at Fort Richmond, Maine, 1720-1750"
Emily Gallik, "Sir Thomas Elyot's The Defense of Good Women (1540, 1545): Arguing for the Moral and Political Status of Women in Henrician England"

2011   Ian Mahoney, "'A Crisis Within a Crisis': The Pre-World War II Isolationism Debate and Concerns Over Executive Power"

2010   David Korenthal, "Neither East Nor West: Orientalism and the Armenian Independence Movement, 1878-1914"
Rachel Walker, "'The Day Which Will Fix My Future Destiny': Courtship, Marriage, and the Companionate Ideal in Early Republican America"

2009    Gregory Peterson, "Streams of Consciousness: Water, Colonialism, and Cultural Conflict in the West"
Brittany Bovenzi, "Nationalism and Division in Ireland, 1801-1921"
Angelica Burton, "The French Revolution in the Provinces: The Question of Continuity in Law and Daily Life"
Renee LaDue, "The White Rose vs. the Empire: Early Cultivation of Nationalism by the Scottish Jacobites"

2008   David Cutler
Tim Lunardoni, "Nika!: Justinian's Conquest of Constantinople"

2007   Jennifer Pashley, "Road to Partition: An Analysis of the British, Jewish and Arab 'Imperial' Fight for Palestine"

2006   Gene Schlack, "Revivalism in the Early American Frontier"
Michael Horne, "Martial Race Theory and the Sikhs: British Colonial Policy and Power Relationships"
Jude Gullie

2005  Katherine Carver, "Emmett Till: A Legacy that Refused to Die"
Deyan Pekov
Zachary Price

2004  Joseph Geraghty
Jarett Powers
Bozhidar Zahariev

2003  Karen Sonnelitter

2002  Eryn Dewey, "Educational Alternatives in Minneapolis in the Early 1970s as a Reflection of Cultural and Political Trends of the Time"

2001  Benjamin Fitz-Gibbon

2000  Caroline Arpe
Sharif Nankoe

1999  Samuel Costello
          David Witanowski

1997   Lauri Bauer, "Cato's Republicanism: Bridging the Atlantic"

1995   Jennifer Catherine
           Jason McGrath
           Sara Slates
           Erich Baker

1994  Tsugumi Maki
          Michael Marsten
          Kimberly Kathan
          David Schaenman

1993  David Pepin
          David Brumfield
          David Burton
          Steven Ronai

1992  James Sorcek

1991  Amy Dunckleman
          Damon Linker

1990  Benjamin Silver
          Donald Greenwood

1989  Linda Byrnes
          Scott Peacock

1983  Julia Fleming
          Frederick Gault

1980  Edward Kitlowski

1973  Hugo Rossi
          Benjamin Alaimo

1970  John Knight
          Patricia Campbell
          Cheri Behnett

1969  David Rowe
          Randolf Werner

[My] honor’s thesis was such a great experience: to learn how to incorporate multiple viewpoints, synthesize information over a long period of time and generate a finding / conclusion to present to the thinking minds of the history department.

Amy Hoke, class of 1991