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Undergraduate Program

Overview

The Department of History offers programs of study leading to a BA degree and a BA degree with honors. The department also offers a minor in history. Non-majors are welcome in all history courses, except where restrictions are noted, and often become enthusiastic, successful students of history while pursuing other interests.

The department also offers 17 clusters for non-majors that fulfill the social sciences divisional requirement. These clusters consist of carefully selected sets of courses, and include both geographical (e.g., American history) and topical (e.g., War and Revolution) groupings.

Careers

The history concentration is valuable not only for those considering the historian’s vocation, but also for those pursuing careers in:

  • Law
  • Business
  • Museums and archives
  • Civil service
  • Research and intelligence analysis
  • Journalism
  • Politics
  • Secondary school teaching

Courses

The department offers a wide range of courses in its undergraduate program that encompass social, economic, cultural, intellectual, political, and psychological approaches to historical problems and periods. Most of our 100- and 200-level courses are accessible to students with little prior knowledge of history.

In addition, faculty members offer 300-level seminars that explore more specialized historical problems. The 200-level courses designated with a “W” and all 300-level courses fulfill the upper-level writing requirement.

Working with an Advisor

Each student concentrating in history selects a faculty advisor, based on a student's particular interests in history and in consultation with the director of undergraduate studies. The advisor helps majors plan their programs. In addition, advisors provide information on courses, internships, and special research opportunities, as well as on making changes to a major program. See the advising, honors program, and internships pages.

 

Working with a Peer Advisor

Peer advisors are fellow students that assist others in finding courses that best suit their interests, exploring research opportunities, locating available on-campus resources, and declaring a major. Although peer advisors work from within their respective departments, their goal is to provide students with an accessible and constructive alternative to the traditional ways of managing an academic career.  The peer advisor for our department is Sam Roth, class of 2019. Please feel free to contact him at sroth8@u.rochester.edu.

For more information on the University's peer advising program, visit their website at: https://www.rochester.edu/college/ccas/peer-advisors/