Honors in History

Students have the opportunity to graduate with honors in the major. Normally they will maintain a cumulative g.p.a. in the History Major of at least 3.33. Students write an honors thesis, which is an extended research paper (25-35 pages). Research for the thesis is done under the supervision of a faculty member who specializes in the field that a student chooses for the research. Students register for 3 s.h. in HIST:3995 History Honors Research Seminar, usually during the spring of their junior year, and HIST:3996 Honors Thesis, usually during the fall of their senior year. The 6 s.h. of credit counts toward the semester hours required for the history major.

In addition to honors in their majors, undergraduate students have a variety of opportunities for honors study and activities through membership in the University of Iowa Honors Program; visit Honors at Iowa.


Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa is a national honors society for students in the Liberal Arts. Through its journal The American Scholar and other activities it promotes the Liberal Arts across the country. Admission to Phi Beta Kappa is one of the foremost markers of distinction in the humanities.  The following students have been invited to accept membership in the Alpha of Iowa chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.


Samuel Ceruti
Garrett Gobble
Sarah Lauer
Lia Phanthavong
Joshua Woosley

Abigail Dockum
Nicholas Timmerman
Katelyn Zingg

Sylvia Bochner
Rachel Gentile
Emily Hegranes
Ryan Kunkle
Zachary Sanders