The Essence of the Honours Program
- a significant thesis project
- explicit training in historiography and methodology in HIST 333 and HIST 433
- small tutorials with like-minded and dedicated students
- a strong sense of intellectual community; an esprit du corps
In the History Honours Program, students make the shift from being consumers of history to becoming producers of historical knowledge. Participation in small seminars and the preparation of a graduating essay helps them to develop skills in critical thinking, research and writing, oral presentation and argument. To help students succeed in the program, honours students are closely mentored by faculty members throughout their two years. In addition, honours students create their own close knit intellectual and social community through shared seminars and infectious enthusiasm for the study of history.
Some of our honours students go on to graduate school in history, but the program is designed for all academically able and highly motivated students interested in a research-intensive program. History honours students go on to use the skills they have gained in research, writing, and analysis in a variety of ways. Common career paths include law, teaching, and working for non-profit organizations or for government.