Department of History's honors program is a two-semester experience
designed to provide well-qualified students with closer contact
with faculty and more intensive training in historical research
and writing than is normally possible.
Students admitted to the honors program are required to complete
a minimum of 36 credits in history, fulfilling all the "Requirements
for the Major" listed above. Within the 36 credits, the student
must complete the following three honors courses. Credits from these
honors program courses (A His 495Z, 496Z, and 497Z) can be counted
toward the above requirements and will be credited toward the concentration
most appropriate to the subject of the student's honors thesis (for
example, "American" or "European" or "World
497Z Independent Research and Writing in History (4 credits),
to be taken during the fall of the student's senior year under the
supervision of a thesis advisor secured by the student.
495Z and 496Z Senior Honors Thesis Seminar (4 credits each).
This seminar will meet throughout the year under the supervision
of a department faculty member and will offer students a small-seminar
format for learning about historical research and writing, as well
as for sharing and critiquing their own work. By the end of the
year, each student will, in conjunction with this seminar, produce
a thesis based on original research that is no longer than 60 pages
the honors program will gain priority in registration for these
upper-level history courses and will gain access to the History
Department's computing workshop to assist in writing the thesis.
members will evaluate the students' progress at the end of the spring
semester senior year. Students will be judged eligible for graduation
"with honors in history" based on the quality of their
thesis as well as the satisfactory completion of all other curricular
requirements with a grade point average of at least a 3.50 average
in history and 3.25 overall. All theses will also be automatically
considered for a prize for best undergraduate honors thesis in history.
Students selected to graduate "with honors in history"
will be honored formally at the departmental graduation ceremony
Completed 15 credits of course work in history (at least 6 of
these credits must be at or above the 300-level and must have been
earned at the University at Albany)
grade point average of at least 3.25 overall and an average in history
be admitted to the program in the spring semester of their junior
year after formally declaring a major in history. Interested students
should contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department
of History for more information on the application process. Completed
applications should be submitted no later than March 15 of
Professor Carl Bon Tempo, Ph.D.
Office: SS 109B -