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""The History Honors Program is designed for outstanding history majors at UAB. It helps prepare you for graduate work in the field or post-graduate studies in areas such as law, theology, and medicine. If accepted, you will have access to advanced classes, enjoy one-on-one interaction with faculty, and will write an honor’s thesis based on original research. Faculty-led independent research for the senior thesis provides you with experience in applying historical methods and analytical writing techniques.

Members of the program are invited to join Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honors organization. Members of UAB's Chi Omicron chapter of Phi Alpha Theta publish the Vulcan Historical Review annually.


You must complete at least 60 semester hours while at UAB, with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA and a minimum 3.5 GPA in history courses. You must complete at least 24 hours in the history major before you can be accepted into the program.

Interested students must apply for the program. Before you apply you will need to find a History Department faculty member who will direct your honors thesis. They can help you with the application process, and they will need to sign your pdfhonors application form. If you are accepted into the program, you and your thesis director will choose two additional faculty members to make up your thesis committee. This committee will determine whether your completed thesis qualifies for honors.


A complete list of honors requirements and courses are available in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog.


For additional information on the History Honors Program, contact the Department of History at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling (205) 934-5634.