At this point in your college career you are probably most used to projects that can be completed in the span of one semester. Your thesis project will likely span multiple semesters and may be larger than any project you’ve taken on in the past. For those reasons alone, it’s important to look at examples.
Examples can also help you:
- Learn about potential topics
- Think creatively and reflectively about your interests and how you will contribute to your field
- Determine scope and scale of an Honors thesis (as opposed to a Master’s thesis or Doctoral dissertation)
- Identify potential thesis supervisors
- Understand methods that may be beneficial in completing your thesis
There are two ways to search:
- UConn’s Open Commons contains many recent Honors theses.
- For Honors graduates, all Honors theses written since 2006 are listed in the following PDFs and the titles are hyperlinked to Open Commons where available:
If a thesis is available in Open Commons, the title will be linked. Theses not available via Open Commons are available for viewing only in the Honors Program office in ROWE/CUE 421 (for the previous two academic years) or in the University Archives in the Dodd Research Center. A special request to view must be arranged through Betsy Pittman for any thesis in the University Archives.
Note: Questions about the PDFs may be directed to the Honors Program Office.
Departmental Honors in History
The Department of History has an honors program, in which a student works closely with a faculty advisor to research and write a senior thesis.
To be eligible for the history honors program, a student must be a history major and have an overall GPA of 3.00 or better. Students who are not history majors may also participate in the program with special approval of the departmental Honors Advisor.
History honors candidates, including those who are not history majors, must fulfill the same departmental course requirements as all history majors. Each honors candidate is also required to fulfill two additional requirements:
- Honors candidates must take History 491 (Historiography) AND History 492 (Senior Seminar).
- Honors candidates must also take 493 (Reading & Research Honors) and 494 (Senior Thesis). History honors students may count the 400-level series for upper division credit.
The Honors Sequence: 491, 492, 493, 494
Students do not necessarily have to take the honors sequence in chronological order, with two exceptions:
- Students must take 493 before taking 494.
- Students cannot take 493 and 494 during the same semester.
History 491 is the course on historiography. This course is intended to introduce the student to the "history of history": the development of historical thought and writing over time.
History 492 is the senior seminar. Teachers and topics vary from year to year. This course is intended to introduce the student to the techniques that historians use in their research and writing.
History 493 is the reading and research course. 493 is a program of directed readings and research, designed in close consultation with the student's thesis supervisor. The Department strongly encourages history honors candidates to take 493 during the spring semester of their junior year, to allow for additional research during the summer.
History 494 is the senior thesis or "writing" course. Students typically take this course during the spring semester of their senior year. Building upon the work of the previous semester (History 493), the honors candidate will complete the necessary research and write the honors thesis.
Grading of the Thesis
Each honors thesis will be read and graded by the thesis advisor and a second reader. The thesis grade will be the average of the two grades assigned by the readers.
The Award of Honors
The final decision on the Honors to be awarded a candidate is by vote of the candidate's thesis advisor and the second reader. It is calculated according to a combination of factors, including the student's thesis grade and history GPA. Although the award of Honors need not be based strictly on a numerical score, Departmental members will generally be guided by the following considerations when they vote on the Honors to be awarded a candidate:
B or higher
3.86-4.00 Summa Cum Laude
3.66-3.85 Magna Cum Laude
3.50-3.65 Cum Laude
If the student fulfills all course requirements for the honors program, but fails to make a grade of B or higher on the senior thesis, or fails to meet the GPA requirements for honors candidates at the time of graduation, the student may still graduate, albeit without honors. In cases of this sort, if the student satisfies all other requirements for the history major, the honors sequence (491, 492, 493, and 494) may be counted as a field in order to satisfy the distribution requirements of the major.
For more details on the history honors program, contact the History Honors Advisor, Dr. Caleb Richardson, at email@example.com.
Past Honors Students and ThesesAbeyta, Raymond, "The Carolingian Legacy," 2014 (Graham)
Allen, Aleja, "The Irish Civil Rights Movement", 2014 (Richardson)
Baecker, Anna, "Montesqieu'sSpirit of the Laws", 2014 (Steen)
Barber, Adam, "Evolution of Religious Freedom in the US", 2008 (Yazawa)
Bennett, Holly, "Historic Preservation and Women in the West" (Scharff)
Bloom, Kaitlyn, "Medieval Medicine", 2014 (Gibbs)
Bloom, Suzzanne, "Historical and Cultural Influences on Berlioz, Chopin, Schumann and Liszt" (Steen)
Bollinger, Sara, "Muslim Frontier History", 2010 (Risso)
Choman, Josh, "John MacBride and the Easter Rising", 2014 (Richardson)
Covington, Rosa, "The Status of People of the Book in the Islamic Middle East", 2014 (Risso)
DeMerritt, Jennifer, "The History of the Acoma Through their Eyes", 2014 (Connell-Szasz)
Dodge, Neil, "The Trade and Intercourse Act of 1790", 2010 (Connell-Szasz)
Esquibel, Robert, "How Anglo-Saxon Laws, Society and Language Helped to Create the United States", 2014 (Graham)
Ferrell, Gary, "The Beginnings and Evolution of the Cult of the Virgin Mary", 2010 (Graham)
Hamner, Joshua, "Bataan, Code Talkers, and the 804th Tank Batallion", 2011 (Ball)
Hoselton, Ryan, "American Religion", 2009 (Szasz)
Huddleston, Roy, "The Impact of Contact on the Cheyenne Style of Warfare", 2014 (Hutton)
Isbell, Joseph, "The Russian-American company in Alaska, 1799-1867", 2010 (Monahan)
Juarez, Martin, "The Sand Creek Massacre", 2009 (Hutton)
Kostelecky, Steven, "The Political Life of Orson Welles", 2010 (Smith)
Lason, Samantha, "How US Government Propaganda Influence/Portrayed Women on the Home Front in WWII", 2014 (Cahill)
Mahony, Erin, "18th Century European Travel Literature and National Identity", 2013 (Steen)
May, Gianna, "Suffrage and Statehood in New Mexico", 2014 (Smith)
Montoya, Andres Leon, "WWII and Reconstruction", 2014 (Richardson)
Montoya-Mora, Gregory, 2014 (Sandoval-Strausz)
Paisner, Liesette, "The Silver City Strike, Worker's Rights and Gender" (Truett)
Peralta, Nady, "Displaced Persons in the US After WWII", 2014 (Smith)
Price, Harold, "From Glorieta to Sand Creek: John Chivington 1862-1864", 2009 (Szasz)
Schell, Bronwyn, "Women in the Viking Age", 2014 (Graham)
Shaddid, Sarah, "Convivencia in Al-Andalus", 2012 (Steen)
Sherman, MIchaela, "Women in Early Modern England", 2014 (Richardson)
Waring, Maggie, "Did Jesus Kill Odin? Norse Eschatology Before, Through and After the Christianization of Scandinavia", 2014 (Ryan)
Wilder, Keenan, "Turning Points in Modern Egypt and Iran", 2012 (Risso)