How Do I...
…become a history major?
Make an appointment to talk with the undergraduate program coordinator. Next, you will declare History as your major with the Registrar’s Office; your College advisor can help you make sure your records are in order.
…become a history minor?
Contact the undergraduate program coordinator, complete the minor declaration form no later than the end of the third year. Once your declaration form has been approved by the faculty chair of the Collegiate Affairs Committee, you will declare the minor officially with the Registrar’s Office.
…petition for a course to count as a history requirement?
Contact the undergraduate program coordinator to discuss your petition. Next, you submit a petition form and provide documentation from the course (syllabus, written work). The faculty chair of the Collegiate Affairs Committee will review the petition and the undergraduate coordinator will notify you of the chair's decision. Please be sure to allow sufficient time for review and for action (taking one or more additional history course/s) should your petition be refused.
…receive honors at commencement?
Students pursuing the Research Track who have done exceptionally well in their course work and have written an outstanding BA thesis are recommended for honors. Candidates must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher, and a GPA of 3.7 or higher in the twelve courses counting towards the major. Readers submit BA theses for departmental honors that they judge to be of particular distinction. If the department concurs, the student is awarded honors. Students who fail to meet the deadline for submission of the BA thesis are not eligible for honors consideration. The College makes the final calculations of GPAs; if you have concerns about your calculation, please talk with your College adviser.
Students planning to double major in history and another discipline are encouraged to do so, with the following stipulations:
- Double counting: courses that are cross listed with another department may be used for both majors.
- BA thesis and seminar: Double majors pursing the Research Track must fulfill the requirements pertaining to the BA thesis, including taking part in the BA seminar.
…choose a BA advisor?
The process of choosing a BA advisor is different for everyone. It’s something to start thinking about in the autumn and winter of your third year and discuss with your preceptor during BA Seminar I in the spring. A few things to consider:
- What will be the topic of my B.A.? Your faculty advisor should be someone with knowledge of the field you will be working in or the type of methodology you will be using.
- Who have I worked with in the past? We encourage you to build on relationships you already have with faculty when thinking about a BA advisor. If, however, you do not have a prior relationship with the person best suited to advise your thesis, that’s fine—talk to your preceptor in the spring about this.
- Who will be in Chicago? Faculty advisors need to be in residence in Chicago while advising BA theses.
If you’ve identified a potential advisor, stop by office hours to talk about your interests and your possible topic and to gauge whether the project and your interests will match up. If you’re not sure how to start this conversation, talk to your preceptor or the undergraduate coordinator.
…get funding to do research?
…find out more about study abroad?
We encourage you to study abroad! You should meet with the undergraduate program coordinator to discuss filling major requirements as soon as you know your plans—particularly if you will be abroad in your third year.
…find out more about internships and other opportunities for history majors?
You can read more about internships and other opportunities here.
…find out more about the civilization sequences?
Each civilization sequence is structured differently. We encourage you to enroll in the civilization sequence that corresponds to your major field. A good place to start is the sequence descriptions in the College Catalog.