The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Studies in history allow us to better understand the past on its own terms and provides us with a context for understanding the world as it is today. History develops a number of skills critical to flourishing in a modern, increasingly diverse, globalizing world, including reading, writing, communication, analysis, and empathy. There are over forty historians who you can work with, covering almost every imaginable time period, location, and theme.

Any Barrett student who is considering majoring or minoring in history should contact the lead FHA, Stephen Lazer, at slazer@asu.edu.

Faculty Honors Advisors

Stephen Lazer

Thesis/Creative Projects: 

A thesis in history is almost always a semester or yearlong research project, ending with a well-supported and well-argued paper. Applicable themes, topics, length, and other requirements should be decided between the student and their thesis advisor, as these may shift on a case-by-case basis.

Academic Preparation: 
Students in history should take one of the historian's craft courses (HST130 or 330) as well as advanced, topical historical methods courses (HST495) before embarking on a directed thesis project (HST492). Some faculty may allow 495 and 492 to be taken concurrently.
Other Honors Opportunities: 
Contracts are created on a case-by-case basis in history. They usually require a historical research project of some sort involving student analysis of primary and secondary sources.