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Honors in the Major

Students considering pursuing Honors in the major should consult with the honors adviser as early as possible, preferably by late in the sophomore year. Honors majors are subject to the same requirements as other majors in history of science, medicine, and technology, with the following modifications:

  1. At least 15 of the minimum 24 credits in history of science, medicine, and technology must be drawn from the following list of courses in History of Science or History of Medicine: 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327, 331, 333, 337, 343, 353, 394, 401, 411, 444, 504, 507, 508, 509, 510, 512, 513, 517, 523, 524, 531, 532, 536, 538, 543, 553, and 575. Substitutions may be accepted at the discretion of the honors advisor.
  2. Honors majors are to take one of the following: History of Science 180, 280, 284 (in conjunction with 212), or one seminar (minimum of 3 credits) offered by the department at the upper-division or graduate level.
  3. History of Science 555 should be taken before embarking on the Senior Honors Thesis; in exceptional cases, it may be taken concurrently with 681.
  4. A two-semester Senior Honors Thesis (681-682) is required.
  5. A grade-point average of 3.5 must be maintained in upper-level history of science and history of medicine courses.

Students considering graduate study in history of science should acquire a reading knowledge of at least one foreign language as early as possible.

Students should check with the department honors advisor at least once a year to make sure that requirements have not been modified, as well as to seek guidance about planning the Honors in the Major curriculum that best reflects their special interests.

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