Dear Honors College students,


Below you will find information on how to coordinate your capstone project with your major requirements. We have made every effort to keep this information accurate and up to date. However, you should always discuss your course choices and schedule with your major advisor to verify that you are on track to complete all of your major requirements on schedule.


Major name:



DUGS Name & Contact Information:

Richard Levy

Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies


Major Advisor Name & Contact Information:



Students working on their Honors Capstone project can enroll in the following course(s):

Course number

Course Name 

Number of Hours

Required for major

Elective in major

Required to earn Departmental Honors

When to enroll

HIST 398

Honors Project





Second semester of capstone

HIST 399

Independent Study: Special Topics





First semester of capstone

*HIST 398 is an alternate way of achieving departmental distinction, relevant for the student who does not meet the GPA criteria for distinction (as indicated in #1 below).


Requirements for Departmental/College/Major honors:

The department offers the following two options:

  1. Students who earn a 3.50/4.00 cumulative GPA for all UIC courses and a 3.75/4.00 GPA in all courses taken in the Department of History at UIC will be awarded Departmental Distinction.
  2. Students who earn a 3.25/4.00 cumulative GPA for all UIC courses and 3.50/4.00 GPA in all courses taken in the Department of History at UIC may choose to complete an honors thesis while enrolled in History 398—Honors Project. To qualify for honors, the student must earn at least a grade of B in History 398.