In the preparation of your honors project, please observe the following deadlines. For an easily printable list of deadlines for each cohort, and for '21E deadlines, please scroll to the bottom of this page. If by the nature of your work you must deviate from the date for the submission of completed work, it is your responsibility to have secured the permission of your thesis advisor and of the History Department. If you have any questions about these deadlines, please discuss them with your advisor or with the department chair, Hilary Moss.


Fri Sept 6, 2019:  Proposal Due (2019-2020 Theses)

One-page proposal, submitted via the History department’s website by 4:00 p.m. Early submissions are appreciated.

Mon Dec 2, 2019:  Submission Due

         One completed chapter, précis, and bibliography to be given to thesis advisor.

Mon March 02, 2020:  First Draft Due

First complete draft due to the thesis advisor. Shortly after this date, History’s academic department coordinator will begin assessing student and faculty schedules in order to assign reading committees and arrange oral examinations. To do so, she will need each student’s (1) thesis title; (2) time availability (via online poll); and (3) the names of two potential thesis readers. If you have not already spoken to professors who have agreed to be readers, the department will assign them to you.                                                          

Sun April 5, 2020:  Thesis Due   (New Date and Instructions)

Students are responsible for emailing copies of their thesis to their advisor and reader and also need to post a copy on the History Thesis Workshop Moodle. The Office of the Registrar has formatting and submission guidelines, including a mandatory cover sheet indicating the student’s preferences for the distribution of the thesis. No printed copies are needed or relevant in our new condition.

Students are responsible for delivering copies of their thesis to their advisor and readers before 2:00 p.m. The Office of the Registrar has formatting and submission guidelines, including a mandatory cover sheet indicating the student’s preferences for the distribution of the thesis. 

April 20-29, 2020:  Oral Examinations  (New Date and Instructions)

  • Video defense will be via zoom, and will be scheduled according to faculty and student availability over these ten days. 
  • Oral examinations are each an hour long, 
  • Students who anticipate any issues at all may opt out of the oral defense altogether, no questions asked. If you anticipate taking advantage of this option, please reach out to your advisor right away.  Further: the defense will consist now only of student, advisor and a single reader.
  • Your thesis advisor will reach out to you and the reader to schedule a time.


Fri. May 15, 2020:  FINAL SUBMISSION to Registrar/History  (New Date and Instructions)

Students will be responsible for incorporating the changes or corrections in their theses suggested during the oral defense. Please note that the only changes students can make to their thesis drafts submitted for their defenses are factual errors and typos. Students cannot make substantive changes to their argument or evidence. Students will need to submit their final, corrected electronic copies to the Office of the Registrar (the official college copy) and the History Department ADC. All copies should include the cover sheet with the student’s distribution preferences.  

Electronic copies should be submitted as a PDF attachment to
(1) Registrar copy (login required)
(2) History Department (History copy)

Please check with your advisor to see if they would like a copy (i.e., a third copy).

Please Note: It is essential for all to observe these deadlines in order for the department to meet the college’s deadlines for prize recommendations, Latin Honors recommendations, and final grades.


Printable PDFs: 


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