Graduating with Honors in the Art History Major

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The school offers outstanding students the opportunity to graduate with honors in the art history major. Honors students in art history must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 3.50 in the major. All students who plan to graduate with honors must register with the Honors Program. They then have the choice of fulfilling the requirements for collegiate honors, which are listed on the honors program website, and/or honors in the major, which are listed below.

Students must apply for graduation with honors during the semester before they will graduate. They choose one of the following two options for graduating with honors in the art history major. 

Option 1: Students take two upper-division courses with an honors contract and complete an extra project such as an annotated bibliography, a supplemental paper or presentation, or a comparable project endorsed by the professor. Students then enroll in a third upper-division course appropriate to their honors paper topic (with or without an honors contract), in addition to ARTH:3985/Honors Research in Art History for an additional 1 s.h. with the same instructor. For the ARTH:3985/Honors Research in Art History credit, the student will write an honors paper of 3,000 to 5,000 words.

Option 2: Students research and write an honors paper of 5,000 to 7,500 words under the direction of an art history professor, earning up to 3 s.h. Students work with an art history faculty member as their honors advisor. They must have the honors advisor's approval before beginning work on their honors paper. Students must register for ARTH:3985/Honors Research in Art History.

The honors paper should conform to the Graduate College format for theses; see the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College in the Graduate College section of the Catalog. The title page must follow The University of Iowa Honors Program format (available on the UIHP website).

See the Departmental Honors information on the Honors at Iowa website for further requirements.