History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Honors in History

History majors who have completed 75 credits (a minimum of 15 in history, 6 of which must have been taken at Mason) with an overall GPA of 3.50 and a GPA of 3.50 in history courses are eligible to apply to graduate with honors in history. Applicants must have completed or be enrolled in HIST 300 - Introduction to Historical Method. The statement of application should include references from at least one Mason history faculty member. If a major part of the student’s work includes transfer credit, transcripts may be required. Not all applicants who meet the minimum requirements are guaranteed acceptance into honors in the major.

Students pursuing honors in the major will take a two-semester course sequence: HIST 490 and 491. HIST 490 will focus on the design of a major research project and HIST 491 will focus on completing that project. To graduate with honors in the major, students must earn a minimum GPA of 3.50 in the honors courses and a minimum GPA of 3.50 in history courses applied to the degree. A grade of B or higher in HIST 490 is required to proceed to HIST 491. The two honors courses (6 credits) may be applied to the requirement of 36 credits in history and successful completion of HIST 491 satisfies the seminar course requirement in place of HIST 499.

For more information and application procedures, please contact Dr. Jennifer Ritterhouse, the Undergraduate History Director, at jritterh@gmu.edu.
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