Comprehensive Exit and Disciplinary Communication (DC) Requirements

History majors may satisfy the UC Santa Cruz comprehensive exit and disciplinary communication (DC) requirement in one of two ways:

Exit Seminar (one quarter: 190-series, 194-series, or 196-series)

In courses designated as History 190, 194, or 196, students participate in either a Senior Research Seminar, which are designed as an opportunity to focus on specific research problems and acquire experience in practical research skills and the writing of a substantial research paper, or a Senior Readings Seminar, which are designed as a small-group discussion course providing a broad overview of some general area or theoretical concern within an area of concentration. Emphasis in reading seminars is placed on discussion of assigned readings plus either a series of short papers or completion of a single, more substantial term paper. Both types of seminars require submission of written work totaling approximately 25 pages; both varieties of seminar satisfy the disciplinary communication (DC) general education requirement. Seminars must be taken in the student's chosen area of concentration to qualify as their exit requirement.

Thesis (Two Quarters: HIS 195A, Thesis Research and HIS 195B, Thesis Writing)

Preparing for Your Thesis

To complete a senior thesis, you must first meet with appropriate history faculty members to discuss potential thesis topics and the feasibility of your proposed project. Once a thesis adviser and second reader have been secured and a topic defined, submit a completed senior thesis proposal to the department for consideration. Proposals are due at least one quarter before the research quarter begins (see excat deadlines below). A senior thesis that has not been pre-approved by the History Department Undergraduate Education Committee may not satisfy the comprehensive exit requirement.

Formatting and Completing Your Thesis

Completed theses must be at least 40 pages in length; students must receive a grade of C or better in both quarters to satisfy the senior comprehensive requirement and the disciplinary communication (DC) general education requirement. Outstanding achievement in the thesis makes the work eligible for honors and awards consideration.

Download a Senior Thesis Guidelines and Proposal Packet (PDF) for more information about completing a Senior Thesis.

2019-2021 Thesis Deadlines

thesis deadlines
Thesis Quarters
Fall 2019/Winter 2020 Winter/Spring 2020 Spring/Fall 2020 Fall 2020/Winter 2021
Proposal Due: May 10, 2019 November 8, 2019 February 14, 2020 May 8, 2020
Penultimate Draft Due: February 24, 2020 May 18, 2020 November 23, 2020 February 26, 2021
Completed Thesis Due: March 20, 2020 June 11, 2020 December 18, 2020 March 19, 2021