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Honors Research in History

The honors research program invites outstanding undergraduate history majors to pursue intensive, year-long research on a topic of their own choosing under the supervision of a faculty mentor.  The program allows admitted students to produce a senior thesis reflective of the highest standards of the scholarly discipline as part of a community of history honors students.  Projects should be based on extensive primary source research, advance an original thesis, and demonstrate a clear grasp of existing scholarship on the selected topic.

History majors may apply to the program if they meet the following eligibility criteria.

  • Senior standing
  • A 3.3 GPA in both the history major and overall
  • A clear articulation of a proposed research topic

NOTE:  Under current history major requirements, the second semester of honors research is pursued in addition to the 36-credit major.  It does not require that you have finished all requirements for the major prior to applying, but HIST 5711 does not count as an upper-division elective.   

Program Structure

Students will be admitted to the honors program in the spring semester of their junior year and undertake two semesters of honors course work (for a total of 6 credits) during their senior year. 

During the fall semester of their senior year, admitted students will participate in a designated honors section of HIST 5199: Senior Seminar.  This section of HIST 5199 will be organized around broad historiographical and theoretical issues rather than focused on a particular chronological period, geographical area, or theme.  Throughout the fall semester, each student will continue to consult with his or her individual thesis advisor.

For more information, please contact the Honors Research coordinator, Prof. Sara Fieldston. Students who are interested in pursuing Honors Research in AY 2019-2020, are encouraged to view the application »

Current Honors Research Projects

  • Deanna Brizak: American Perceptions of Media during the Vietnam War.
    Advisor: Sara Fieldston
  • Athena Frade: Social Mobility and Opportunities for Women in The Byzantine Empire
    Advisor: Laura Wangerin
  • Andrew Kerrigan: From Strangelove to Rambo: Cold War Anxieties on the Big Screen
    Advisor: Maxim Matusevich
  • Kalliopi Logothetis: Coeducation and the Changing Attitudes at Seton Hall University
    Advisor: Vanessa May
  • Zachary Moore: A Cultural History of Heroin Use Among Youths During the Vietnam Era
    Advisor: Maxim Matusevich
  • Michael Novak: An Outlaw and a Gentleman: Crime and Nobility in Fourteenth-Century England
    Advisor: Laura Wangerin
  • William Pindell: American Reactions and Popular Perceptions of the Austrian Anschluß
    Advisor: Mark Molesky
  • Garrett Pruzinsky: An Emperor, General, and a Historian: Byzantine Politics During the Wars of Justinian
    Advisor: Laura Wangerin
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