Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to questions commonly asked about the Department of History honors program.

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Qualification and Enrollment

Q: Do I have to take Plan II to be in the honors program?

A: No. Students from either plan are welcome.

Q: What if my history GPA makes me eligible for History Department honors but my cumulative GPA does not?

A: The overall (cumulative) GPA (grade point average) determines whether or not honors are conveyed on your diploma.

Q: How will my GPA be calculated for entering the honors program if I am a transfer student?

A: We base the applicable GPA only on courses taken at UC Davis.

Q: Will there be room for me?

A: Probably so. The maximum enrollment is 18.

Faculty Adviser

Q: What if I really want to work with a professor who turns me down as an honors advisee?

A: Let us know. Consult an undergraduate adviser and the chair of the honors committee for advice. We may be able to help you find alternate arrangements.

Q: What if the professor with whom I want to work is going to be on leave for part of the year?

A: That can easily happen, which is why it inquiring about faculty availability early makes sense. While this is not an ideal situation, in some cases, alternative arrangements can be made to include your chosen professor as an informal member of your team. Meanwhile, you will need to find a second faculty member in your field who can sign on to be your official adviser.

Curriculum and Academic Credit

Q: Is there any way for me to get a sense of what is expected in an honors thesis?

A: All honors theses from past years are available for you to read in the History Department Library. (Please see an undergraduate adviser for assistance.) We also encourage you to talk with students who are presently enrolled in the honors program about their experiences.

Q: Do honors courses count toward my major?

A: History 104A cannot be substituted into your program as a major requirement. History 104B and 104C, however — provided both are completed satisfactorily — may be substituted for any two upper-division history courses, with the exception of History 102.

Q: Can I take a History 102 seminar during or after 104A, B, or C?

A: Ideally, a student should have completed a History 102 seminar during his or her junior year. We recommend taking HIS 102 before the 104 sequence, but it may be taken in the same quarter as 104A.