Congratulations to BA Prize Winners
History fourth-year students received nine prizes for outstanding BA theses. Not only did they receive awards granted by the Department of History itself, but also from areas across the University of Chicago. Awards in African, British, East Asian, gender, Jewish, and political studies are a testament to the ambitious range of subjects explored by our undergraduates.
The prize winners are
- Claire Arnold, Nicholson Center for British Studies Prize
- Morton (Doni) Bloomfield, Barnard Prize in American History
- Richard Deulofeut-Manzur, Goettler Political Institutions Prize
- Melissa High, Murray Prize in Women's Studies, Feminist Criticism, and Gender Studies
- Alexander Hoare, Asada Eiji Prize
- Jonathan Katz, Jewish Studies Prize
- Michael McCown, Barnard Prize in American History (honorable mention)
- Karim Pirani, Cox & Just Prize
- Patricia Stichnoth, African Studies Prize
- Thomas Prendergast, Karafiol Prize in European & International History
The BA thesis is the capstone of the History concentration. Our students are very imaginative in creating their topics, working in all periods and places and using a wealth of sources, ranging from printed primary texts to pots in archaeological digs to manuscripts, musical scores, paintings, and statistical data in specialized archives.
The skills gained in writing the BA thesis—locating and analyzing evidence and forming and writing convincing arguments—prepare our students for many careers. In addition to entering top graduate programs, our students go on to successful careers as lawyers, politicians, policy analysts, museum curators, entrepreneurs, consultants, teachers, and community activists.
In prepartion for writing the thesis, we encourage students to begin archival research at other institutions during their third year. Students take advantage of a variety of travel grants offered by the department and the university for travel in the United States and abroad. These travel awards are listed on the Honor Roll.