Department Honors

Effective With the Class of 2011

Honors in American Studies will be considered separately from the senior thesis project, although a senior thesis is required. Departmental honors will be conferred upon graduating seniors in three levels: highest honors, high honors, based on the following three criteria:

1) Originality and significance of Senior Thesis

2) Excellence of GPA within the major as of January senior year

3) Degree of engagement with the field of American Studies, which may include the following:

  • active participation in relevant visiting lectures and presentations
  • active participation in departmental workshops on internships, student research, graduate school, careers in American Studies, etc.
  • independent meetings with professors or other American Studies scholars regarding the field, career options, graduate schools, etc.
  • application for grants to conduct undergraduate research (UROP, etc.)
  • application for post-graduate external fellowships (Fullbright, etc.)
  • attendance or participation in appropriate local, regional, or undergraduate academic conferences


Students interested in receiving honors should submit a one-page statement describing their engagement in the field of American Studies, with reference to the activities above, to the DUS in mid-April. All students receiving honors will be recognized at the departmental commencement ceremony. Two top seniors will be asked to speak at that ceremony and reflect on their experience in the major.