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Undergraduate Program


How to Declare

Declaring a major or minor in history is the first step on your path to becoming educated on the many facets of humanity's past.

  1. Pick up a blue concentration form for majors and minors from the College Center for Advising Services, Lattimore 312.
  2. Pick up a major/minor planning worksheet from the History Department, 364 Rush Rhees Library.
  3. Make an appointment with a professor in an area in which you are particularly interested or whose class you particularly enjoyed. For faculty information you can visit our faculty page.
  4. Take the blue concentration form, a copy of your academic record from Access, and a list of courses you intend to take (filled out on the planning worksheet) to your meeting with the faculty member. At the meeting, you will discuss your proposed program of study and complete part A, "Approval Form for Concentrations and Minors," of the form with the assistance and approval of the advisor. You will also discuss with the advisor how you will fulfill the upper-level writing requirement as a part of your major.
  5. You will then need to complete part B, "Primary Writing Requirement."
  6. Now it is time to complete part C, "Rochester Curriculum Registration," following the guidelines on the back of the form. The term "Rochester Curriculum" refers to the combination of your major in one of the three divisions (humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences and engineering) and your clusters in each of the other two divisions, with an average grade of C or better.
  7. The authorized faculty member for the Department of History is Laura Smoller. You can either leave the form in her mailbox or leave it with the undergraduate coordinator in 365 Rush Rhees Library. You will be notified when the form is ready for pickup.
  8. Once you have picked up the form with an authorized signature from the department, take the completed blue form to the Academic Services Counter, Lattimore 312. You will be given one copy for your records, one copy will be sent to your department, and one copy will be retained in your official file in Academic Support.

Note: There is also an electronic declaration form.

Congratulations! You are now a history major or minor.

Note: The forms do not commit you to take every course you list. Rather, they set down a plan from which you will launch your major and serve as a reminder of your interests as you proceed. However, any changes to this plan should be reviewed with your advisor and approved by the director of undergraduate studies. Subsequent changes to part A should be discussed with your faculty advisor and may require submission of a new blue form and department planning worksheet. Changes to part C do not need faculty approval, but should be submitted on the pink "Cluster Change Form" available at the Academic Services Counter, Lattimore 312.

Advanced Placement Policy

Advanced Placement (AP) credit will be granted for scores of 5 on the American history, European history, or World history exams. This credit is elective credit and may not be used to satisfy the geographic, chronological, or area of focus requirements in the major or minor.

International Baccalaureate Policy

International Baccalaureate (IB) credit will be granted for a higher-level exam score of 6 or better. No credit is granted for subsidiary-level exams. This credit is elective credit and may not be used to satisfy the geographical or chronological distribution requirements in the major or minor, or to satisfy the focus requirement in the major.

Note: A student may receive a total of no more than four elective credits for AP and IB exams.