Students wishing to participate in the Program for Excellence must submit an application to the History Department by October 15th in their junior year. Upon acceptance, students will enroll in History 315: Interpreting the Past for the spring term of their junior year. In most cases, the student will complete the Program for Excellence in Historical Studies by writing a more extensive senior seminar thesis and receiving due credit through the two-credit course, History 505: Program for Excellence–Independent Study.
Although most students will complete the Program for Excellence by writing a more extensive senior seminar thesis, other individualized options include assisting a faculty member on a research project, an extended internship in a historical organization, or the completion of a scholarly translation in concert with a faculty member. Any of these additional options, as well many more, may be undertaken with the approval of a faculty member and the department chair and enrollment in the two-credit History 505 course.