University of Rochester

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The Undergraduate History Council, an organization run exclusively by and for students interested in the study of history, holds several events throughout the school year.

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Undergraduate Program Overview

The Department of History offers programs of study leading to the B.A. degree, and  the B.A. 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 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, and secondary school teaching.

The department also offers 17 clusters for non-majors that fulfill the social science divisional requirement in the Rochester Curriculum. 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.

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 in the department are accessible to students with little prior knowledge of history. In addition, the faculty also offers 300-level seminars that explore more specialized historical problems. 200-level courses designated with a “W” and all 300-level courses fulfill the upper-level writing requirement.

Please talk to an adviser about designing your major program, about special opportunities in the major (honors, internships, etc.), and advice on further study and work after graduation.

Each student concentrating in history will select a faculty adviser, based on a student's particular interests in history and in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies. The adviser will help majors plan their programs. In addition, advisers can provide information on courses, on making changes to a major program, on special research and internship opportunities. See also the Honors Program and Internships and Careers links.