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Honors and Activities

The Department of History offers students a variety of awards, including the Henry N. Whitney Scholarship, the Gold Pen Award for Excellence in Writing, and the Phi Alpha Theta Award. Outstanding students may also become members of the Department's chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national History honorary society.

Majors in History may choose to write a Senior Honors Thesis through the auspices of the Honors College. The Department encourages such scholarly excellence. Several Honors Theses completed in the last decade have been published in part in scholarly journals. A complete list of Senior Honor Theses in History is available here.

An annual workshop series, entitled "Historians at Work," explores the career possibilities for students of history. Professionals from a variety of fields and occupations discuss the use of their training in History in their careers. Workshops in library research methods, resumé writing, and graduate and professional school application are offered as well.

Students in History may also participate in the Undergraduate History Club, which organizes excursions to sites of historical interest and promotes collegial relations between students and faculty. Students represent their interests on several Departmental committees. Students may keep in contact with each other by subscribing to UHIST-L, a discussion list for History majors and minors. (To subscribe, click here.) And the Department keeps in contact with students through a semester newsletter, available in the Department's offices.