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History Dept., Herter Hall Room 612
University of Massachusetts
161 Presidents Drive
Amherst, MA 01003-9312

Tel. 413.545.1330
Fax. 413.545.6137

Departmental Honors in History

Why do Departmental Honors?

It allows you to explore a topic that really interests you, not just one determined by a class.

This is what history’s all about!  If you’re doing history, you should do research.

If you’re thinking about graduate school, a thesis sets you apart. It shows that you’ve done in-depth independent research, and helps you figure out if this is something you want to continue doing.  It also sets you apart for many jobs, by showing that you can take on a big project and see it through.


Departmental Honors (DH) is an Advanced Scholarship track of Commonwealth Honors College (CHC). Students may complete DH as part of the full CHC curriculum, which includes Honors General Studies, or they may complete DH alone. All DH students are members of CHC.

Requirements for Departmental Honors in History:
History honors course, any level
History honors course, 300 or above
History 499Y, Honors Research
History 499T, Honors Thesis, or 499P, Honors Project

Successful completion of the DH requirements, with grades of B or higher, and the submission of a properly formatted Honors Thesis or Project manuscript will result in the award of "Departmental Honors" on the student's academic transcript.

Why do the Departmental Honors Track?

For more information about History Departmental Honors, contact Jennifer Fronc, Honors Program Director. The Commonwealth College Web site also has useful information. Please see the Course guide for descriptions. If you would like to arrange an Honors Colloquium or Honors Independent Study in conjunction with another course, speak with the professor who is teaching that course.