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The thesis is a substantial piece of research and writing carried out over two or more semesters. Such an accomplishment, distinguishing its author as an outstanding student, will provide a very impressive credential for those applying to graduate school or law school. The experience of thesis research and writing will also serve as valuable preparation for graduate-level coursework.

The Distinction Thesis in History

Beginning the Project: Students who wish to undertake a thesis should first locate a faculty advisor who agrees to supervise the project and approves the topic. This should normally be done during spring of junior year, but in no case later than early September of senior year. (For December graduates, it should be done at least one year prior to graduation.) Students who will be seniors next year need to be making these arrangements now. Students should have a GPA of at least 3.4 when beginning thesis work, and must end with a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or better in order to earn distinction.