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Honors Curriculum

The Department of History's Honors Program is designed as a three-quarter sequence, beginning in the fall and ending in the spring.

The Honors Curriculum

In the fall, students enroll in an honors seminar (History 104A) taught by a faculty member (the honors supervisor) who oversees the work of the entire honors cohort. Here, students have a chance to refine their proposed topics, map out their primary and secondary sources, and learn valuable research skills.

In History 104B during the winter quarter, students work with their individual honors advisers doing intensive research, outlining both arguments and organization, and writing a substantial portion of their first draft.

Finally, in History 104C in the spring quarter, students work with their advisers to complete the final, polished version of the honors thesis, producing a document that is typically about 50 pages long. The final version of the thesis is due the 5th week of the Spring quarter. It is evaluated by the individual thesis adviser, the honors supervisor, and by an annually rotating group of faculty members who make up the department's Honors Committee.


Grades and Unit Credit for History 104A/B/C


Participants in the Honors Program can follow either of the two plans in the history major. History 104B and 104C may be substituted for any two upper-division courses in any of your fields in the major, with the exception of History 102.

History 104A:
The grade for the fall portion of the program is assigned by the honors supervisor, who conducts the seminar.

History 104B and History 104C:
You will receive a grade of "in progress" (IP) for your work in 104B during the winter quarter. When the thesis is completed in spring quarter, the honors adviser assigns a letter grade for both History 104B and 104C.

Withdrawal from the program:
If you decide to drop out of the Honors Program, you must give written notice to the honors supervisor. If you complete History 104A, and then decide to withdraw, you will receive credit and a grade for the seminar. However, 104A cannot be substituted for another upper-division or lower-division course in the major. If you withdraw during winter quarter you will not receive a grade or credit for History 104B, and must take care to avoid violating UC Davis' requirements for minimum progress.

History Department Honors vs. UC Davis Honors


While the History department will award honors, high honors or highest honors to every thesis deemed worthy, the award will appear on a student's transcripts only if the student satisfies UC Davis campuswide requirements for honors. Those requirements are:

  • For students completing at least 135 units at UC Davis, a GPA in the top 16 percent of the graduating class in the College of Letters and Science.
  • For students completing at least 90 and fewer than 135 units at UC Davis, a GPA in the top 12 percent of the graduating class in the College of Letters and Science.
  • For students completing at least 45 and fewer than 90 units at UC Davis, a GPA in the top 8 percent of the graduating class in the College of Letters and Science.

Please note: all students who satisfy these requirements will receive an honors designation on their transcript whether or not they have written an honors thesis.