All History & Literature seniors who are eligible for an honors degree recommendation, have completed a thesis, and have a concentration GPA of at least 3.0 take oral examinations at the end of their final semester. Oral examinations take place during Reading Period, and students will be informed of the date and time of their examination by mid-April.
Oral examinations are one hour long and administered by three faculty members from the Tutorial Board and Committee on Degrees. The examination includes questions about the student’s thesis, as well as questions about his or her course of study as a whole. The following information details what to expect before, during, and after the exam. Sample materials also available at the bottom of the page.