Students with an average of 3.5 or better in the major at the end of the junior year are encouraged to extend the range of their study beyond that normally available at the undergraduate level by writing an honors thesis and applying for departmental honors.
Students who choose to write a thesis will declare the general area of their topic with their advisor in the spring of their junior year, carry out the research in the fall term of their senior year, and bring the paper to conclusion in the spring term. (See Thesis Schedule). They will receive 2 credits for the thesis, but will need to take a total of 14 credits for their major.
Departmental honors are awarded to those with a GPA of 3.7 in the major and whose thesis receives a grade of A- or higher. Students may also submit their thesis in the annual competition for the College Alumni Society David M. Robb Prize in the History of Art.