The History Department has designed the Honors program to single out exceptional students for special recognition at graduation. Qualifying students graduate with degrees of Latin praise: cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude. If you qualify, we strongly urge you to pursue honors in history. An honors designation celebrates your high level of achievement in both the discipline and your entire undergraduate program. It can be especially helpful to you if you hope to compete for admission to a highly selective graduate program.
Requirements for Departmental Honors
To qualify for honors, students must have a GPA of at least 3.5 in their upper division history courses, write a prospectus for their honors paper, take the course HIST 4849, History Honors Research Paper, submit an honors paper to a faculty committee for evaluation, and have a meeting with the faculty committee to discuss the paper. Transfer students must have an overall GPA of 3.5 in all UCD courses to qualify. Students with a history G.P.A. of 3.7 are eligible for magna cum laude. Students should note that a given GPA does not guarantee Latin praise. Completing an honors paper is only one of the requirements necessary to receive honors, and it does not obligate the department to grant a student Latin praise. For example, the honors committee may decide that a student with a 3.7 GPA does not merit honors or only merits cum laude based on the student's paper. Students who do not receive honors will still receive a grade for their paper and credit for HIST 4849.
Details on the requirements for honors in history