Honors Thesis

During senior year, students can explore a topic of interest and distinguish themselves by pursuing honors through completing a thesis. Talk to any history department faculty member or the department head as soon as possible. It is never too early to start brainstorming and planning!

Common reasons students cite for pursuing honors:

  • preparing for graduate school
  • honing research skills on a topic of personal interest
  • learning techniques valuable for use in future plans

Recent honors theses in history include:

  • “(Un)Mounting an Army: The Contested Horses of the American South, 1860-1864” – MJ Alexander ’16 (Thesis advisor: Professor Zallen)
  • “Victimhood, Commemoration, and Die Heimat: Narratives, Aspirations, Policies, and Demands of the German Expellee Community and the Adenauer Government, and their Evolution through the 21st Century” – Mason Thomson ’16 (Thesis advisor: Professor Weiner)
  • “The Girls’ Schools of Morocco: Alliance Israélite Universelle and Mission Civilisatrice, 1860-1912” – James Klimek ’15 (Thesis advisor: Professor Goshgarian)
  • “Labor and Landscapes: The Birth and Development of Jamaica’s Banana Industry” – Matthew Plishka ’15 (Thesis advisors: Professor Pite and Professor Cohen)
  • “A De-Stalinized Lenin: The Problem with Reestablishing Leninism during the Thaw” – Christine Shanahan ’15 (Thesis advisor: Professor Sanborn)

EXCEL Scholars Program

Examples of other EXCEL Scholar projects with history professors

  • “Database of Imperial and Wartime Japanese Postcards/Photographs” – Ning Jing ’19 and Professor Barclay
  • “Cold War Internationalism: Ethereal and Corporeal” – Jenn Arko ’18 and Professor Sanborn
  • “The Social History of Lucifer Matches and Outworking Seamstresses” – Tyler Schwartz ’19 and Professor Zallen

The EXCEL Scholars program runs both semesters and during the summer. Students receive hourly wages and are provided housing during the summer session. Further details are available on the EXCEL Scholars webpage.