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.                                                          

Tues March 24, 2020:  Thesis Due   

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 8-17, 2020:  Oral Examinations

Oral examinations, each an hour long, will be scheduled according to faculty and student availability over these ten days. Barring overlaps, most will take place in the Halsted Lounge (Chapin 19).    

Thurs April 23, 2020:  FINAL SUBMISSION to Registrar/History

Students will be responsible to incorporate the changes or corrections in their theses suggested during the oral examination and to submit final, corrected copies, both bound and electronic, to the Office of the Registrar (the official college copy). An electronic copy only must be submitted to 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) and, if so, their preferred format (bound or electronic).

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.

Tues April 28, 2020: End-of-year Celebration

At 4:30 p.m., the department gathers to allow juniors to talk with honors candidates about their process and progress through the year. There will be food and great stories!

Printable PDFs: 


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