…become a history major?
Make an appointment to talk with the associate director and complete this form. Next, you will declare History as your major with the Registrar’s Office; your College adviser can help you make sure your records are in order.
…become a history minor?
Contact the associate director and 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 Undergraduate Studies Committee, you will declare the minor officially with the Registrar’s Office.
…petition for a course to count as a history requirement?
History majors and minors are strongly urged to fulfill all requirements by choosing courses with a HIST course number. Student may petition a non-History course to fulfill a requirement but that course must be historical in nature, and there must be a strong justification in terms of the student’s major field and/or proposed capstone or BA topic. Ideally, a student who wishes to take a non-HIST course for History credit should consult with the Associate Director or USC Chair before enrolling in the course. Whether or not a consultation takes place, students are required to submit a petition for History credit and attach supporting materials including a syllabus and relevant course work.
…apply for the research track?
complete this form and submit a paragraph describing your BA essay topic to the associate director no later than 6th week of the winter quarter of your third year.
...graduate with Honors?
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?
To ensure that every student in the BA seminar identifies an appropriate advisor, the Undergraduate Studies Committee (USC) oversees the process of matching students and advisors. Students in BA seminar will be asked to list three History faculty members with whom they are interested in working, and the USC will review these requests and make contact with faculty members to obtain their consent.
A few things to consider:
What will be the topic of my BA thesis? 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.
Whom 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.
We ask that students do not attempt to secure a commitment from faculty members outside of this process.
…get funding to do research?
You can find more information about funding your research here. If you have questions about how to put together an application, contact the associate director.
…find out more about study abroad?
We encourage you to study abroad! You should meet with the associate director 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.