History is a rigorous and rewarding major at the University of Chicago. We offer more than eighty undergraduate courses each year, ranging from introductory lectures on broad themes to small seminars devoted to the intensive study of a particular historical moment.
History majors have the option of pursuing the regular track or the research track. Students in the research track complete a BA thesis, which renders them eligible to graduate with honors; students in the regular track take a junior colloquium and write a research paper as their capstone. Students planning to pursue graduate study in history or those wishing to go into a research-intensive career, such as journalism, law, or policy analysis, are encouraged to pursue the research track.