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Honors Program

Class of 2018 History Honors Program students. (Photo: Scott Soderberg, Michigan Photography)

About the Program

The History Honors Program is designed for majors who want to do advanced research and write an extensive thesis on a topic of their choice under the direct supervision of a history professor.

The usual applicant is a first-term junior. To be considered for admission, students should have at least a 3.5 GPA in history courses and a 3.4 GPA overall, but a high GPA alone does not guarantee admission. In exceptional cases, the GPA rules may be waived.

Applicants do NOT need to have been a member of the LSA Honors Program, nor do they need to be planning on a career as professional historians.

Honors Admission Requirements

Admission decisions are based on a student’s academic record, background in history, demonstrated ability to write, and recommendations by faculty or GSIs. A general statement of research interests is also required, and the selection committee will strive to ensure that many different topics, places, languages, and time periods are represented among those accepted. The results of the selection process are announced in mid-November, in time for those chosen to register for History 498 in the winter term.

Help with Navigating the Libraries

Maura Seale is the dedicated History librarian, with special expertise in history, digital history, and digital humanities. She is happy to consult about research and resources.