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Undergraduate Program

Declaring a Major or Minor

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 major/minor planning worksheet from the History Department, 364 Rush Rhees Library. Note: This worksheet is not optional; you must complete it and return it to the History office in RR 364.
  2. Make an appointment with a professor in an area in which you are particularly interested or whose class you particularly enjoyed. This professor will become your major or minor advisor. For faculty information you can visit our faculty page.
  3. At the meeting, you will discuss your proposed program of study and fill out the major or minor planning worksheet. Both you and your advisor must sign it.
  4. Bring your planning worksheet to RR 364. The Director of Undergraduate Studies will sign your worksheet, at which point it will be emailed to you. Your major or minor declaration will not be approved if you submit it before your worksheet is signed.
  5. Scroll down to the link for the electronic declaration form at the bottom of this page. Click the link.
  6. Enter your NetID and Password, and select "Declare new major/minor."
  7. Enter your student information in the first section.
  8. Using the information on the planning worksheet, fill out the "Major/Minor Declaration Information" section. 
  9. Fill out the "Primary Writing Requirement" section.
  10. In the "Rochester Curriculum Registration" section, you will need to enter your major/minor as History under the "Social Sciences" section. In the remaining sections you will enter your clusters or minors in Humanities and Natural Sciences.
  11. Click submit. You will receive an email verifying your declaration has been submitted, and from there it will be reviewed and approved by the department.

The electronic declaration form can be found here.

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 declaration 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.