Societies, Honors and Awards

Honor Societies

The Phi Beta Kappa Society
We are proud to recognize our majors who were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's most prestigious college honors society, over the past few years:

  • 2012: Lauren Burton, Mackenzie Ervin, James Jolly, Peter Leahy, Adrienne Margolies, Elizabeth Mills
  • 2011: Keller Bumgardner, Kathryn Bundy, Timothy Burke, Virginia Connell, Emily Hopkins, Joel Penning, Rhett Ricard
  • 2010: Anna Gillespie, Megan Kelly, Charles Lane, Madeline Martin, Conor Sartory, Laura Smith, David Stewart, Patrick Young

Phi Alpha Theta
Phi Alpha Theta is the national honor society for history majors. To be eligible, a student must hold a 3.0 overall GPR and maintain a 3.4 in history courses. Students become eligible once they complete 12 credit hours in history. Please contact the chapter adviser, Professor Michael Meng, for more information.

Prizes and Awards

Each year the Department of History and Geography recognizes the outstanding achievements of its students by awarding the following prizes:

  • The Carl Lafayette Epting History Essay Award is given for the best paper written by an undergraduate in a history course. In 2013, the prize was awarded to Allison (Alli) Lane.
  • The William Shannon Morrison Prize is given to the graduating senior with the most outstanding record in historical studies. The winner in 2013 was Patrick Bollman.
  • The R. Glen Ayers, Sr. Award is given to the best rising senior among history majors, based on grade point average, course distribution, and written work. The winner in 2013 was Sandra Mokalled.
  • The Silver Bowl Award of the South Carolina State Society of the Daughters of the American Colonists is given to the History major who has excelled the study of History as well as in other areas of the liberal arts. In 2013, the prize was awarded to Leslie (Danielle) Robinson.
  • The Rand-McNally Prize in Geography is given to the student who has excelled in the study of geography. In 2013, the prize was awarded to Christine Pineros.

Departmental Honors

In conjunction with the Calhoun Honors College, the department offers the opportunity for some of its majors to graduate with honors. The process begins with a student selecting an advisor -- usually in the senior year -- and ends with the writing of an honors thesis under that advisor's direction. For more information, contact the Calhoun Honors College or talk to your undergraduate advisor.

Recent Honors Theses:

  • Elizabeth Mills, 2011, "Nostalgia or Collective Identity? Understanding Legitimism’s Role in the Struggle to Determine a Post-Imperial Austrian National Identity, 1918-1938." Advisors: Steve Marks and Michael Meng.
  • Allison Kidd, 2010, "Shaping an Understanding of Two Roman Men: the Fora of Julius Caesar and Augustus." Advisor: Elizabeth Carney.