Some History majors, like Moira O'Neill '09, choose to complete an Honors project on a topic of their interest.
Most or all of the work associated with an Honors project is done in the senior year, though it may be begun earlier, and culminates in a research or critical paper or its counterpart in the creative arts.
Moira worked with an adviser, Professor Matt Kadane, on her Honors project, "Poison, Sorcery and Power in the Court of the Sun King."
Other History majors choose to enroll in an independent study course each semester, which requires them to actively engage in a research project.
Here's a recent sampling of independent research and Honors projects completed by History majors:
At HWS, students venture across traditional academic boundaries.
In addition to coursework within the History department, students also have the opportunity to get involved with the Colleges' interdisciplinary programs: