Undergraduate Study

Dynamic, diverse, and intellectually challenging, the Department of History cultivates in undergraduates a lasting curiosity about the world, and imparts useful tools for understanding and participating in it responsibly.

With an emphasis on critical reading and writing, discriminating research skills, and persuasive presentation, the history major prepares students for a variety of occupations in the fields of business, government, non-profit, education, and many more.

Undergraduates are guided in their path by an excellent and diverse faculty, including eight recipients of Distinguished Teaching Awards – more than any other unit on campus. Our faculty members claim as their areas of expertise nearly every continent on earth, throughout the chronological span of written history. We also have a number of adjunct faculty, allowing students to explore an interdisciplinary approach to their studies.

Our largest lecture courses are supplemented by smaller sections led by highly qualified Teaching Assistants, and students have many opportunities to interact with faculty in small-classroom settings.

The Department of History offers a general major in History as well as four thematic majors, all applicable toward the Bachelor of Arts Degree in the College of Arts and Sciences. With the Philosophy Department, we offer an interdisciplinary degree in the History and Philosophy of Science. The Department also offers minors in History, the History of Science, and cooperates with other departments to offer several minors incorporating History and closely allied fields.

If you require information not found on this site, please contact the History Undergraduate Advising Office.