The Department of History Honors Program offers students a unique opportunity to work intensively on a year-long project with one or two faculty members and a small group of peers. We encourage history majors to consider this option, which over the years students and faculty have always considered one of their most rewarding experiences at Kenyon.
The Honors Program allows qualified history majors to pursue a year-long independent research project on a topic of their choice, in close consultation with one or more History faculty members. Students will produce a written work of approximately 80 to 100 or more pages, complete with footnotes, bibliography, illustrations, maps, etc. In the spring, the department will invite outside examiners to read and assess the students' work, and they will suggest the degree of honors to be assigned to each student's honors thesis. To clarify the stages of the program and the expectations of all participants—students, faculty advisors, and outside examiners—the department has composed the following guidelines.