Guidelines for the Class of 2022

How do I apply to the History Honors Thesis Program?

To apply to the History Honors Thesis Program, you must propose a thesis topic and secure the agreement of a faculty member to advise the project. If you are interested in participating in the History Honors Thesis Program, you should consider topics of interest to you and discuss them with potential faculty advisors as early as possible. All ideas require discussion, development, and preliminary research to transform them into viable research topics. We strongly advise you to communicate with and secure a faculty advisor by the end of spring term of your junior year.

For the Class of 2022, the deadline for honors program applications will be September 1, 2021.  You should send this application directly to the Honors Program director, Professor Jennifer Miller ( and to History Department Administrator Bruch Lehmann (  This application should consist of a two-paragraph project description and, if possible, include some potential ideas about primary sources. You should also have your advisor email confirmation that they are willing to serve in this role. Finally, your application should include the Honors Proposal Coversheet (you do not need to have your advisor sign this sheet – email confirmation will suffice). Note that students applying for the honors program need to have completed 5 history classes by the beginning of fall term. History Honors program applications should have a college grade point average of 3.0 and one of 3.5 in the History Department. Students who miss the deadline or have not fulfilled these requirements may petition for admission to the honors program – contact Professor J. Miller for details about this process.

During the fall term, students will work with the Honors director and their advisors to develop a longer and more detailed research proposal, identify available sources, and begin their research. Because it is not yet clear if Dartmouth will allow institutionally funded travel next year, you should consider the availability of digital, library-based, and archival sources for your topic. The department can provide some limited research funding to students conducting honors research and details on this will be made available to Honors students in the fall. Further, and more extensive, funding is available through Undergraduate Advising and Research (UGAR), the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Leslie Center for the Humanities. Note that some of these have summer/fall funding deadlines in April. If you are hoping to apply for funding for summer or fall, feel free to teach out to Professor J. Miller about the application process.

 If you have any questions about the Honors Program, please do not hesitate to contact Professor Jennifer Miller (