The Honors Program in the Department of History is a competitive program designed to provide a unique opportunity for the most outstanding history and history education majors to pursue a significant research project and work closely with an individual faculty member. Admission to the program is by invitation or application.
In addition to class work, the honors student will complete an undergraduate thesis based on primary source or historiographic research undertaken with the guidance of a faculty member of the history department. The thesis may expand work done for another course as long as the thesis is sufficiently developed to be considered significant new work. All class work for the program must be completed before the term in which the thesis is written.
The completed thesis should be of publishable quality, and may be published in the department's journal Recounting the Past, on the honors program’s web page, or in another appropriate forum. Students are required to present a synopsis of their work at either the annual History Department Honors Colloquium or the Undergraduate Research Symposium, or to defend their work before selected faculty members.
Titles of some past theses are:
Stitching Social Change: An Evaluation of Women in the 19th and 20th Century Garment Industry
Modern Jewish Historiography Concerning Medieval Jews
The Middle East from Mohammad to the Present
Kwame Nkrumah and Ghana’s Struggle for Independence: 1947-1957
The Juvenile Court Act of 1899: Debasement of a Dream
The program will distinguish outstanding students who intend to pursue graduate or professional training after graduating from Illinois State University. Students who intend to become teachers are also strongly encouraged to participate in the program. Students who successfully complete the program will receive departmental honors at graduation, a designation that will appear on their diploma.