Majors and Minors

From whom can I request more information about the History major?

All faculty members in the Department will be happy to talk with you about the major in history.  The Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Tommaso Astarita, is the person coordinating the major program as a whole, and can be reached at 75860 or at  His office is 621 in ICC and he welcomes all visitors.

How do I declare a history major?

Complete the academic program change form, available from the College office in ICC 303 or on the College web site and discuss with the Director of Undergraduate Studies or with a History Faculty member whom you wish to have as your advisor for the major.

What is the role of the major advisor? 

Once you declare a major, the main practical difference is that your course requests for future semesters will need approval from your major advisor before they go to the College deans. Your advisor can of course also provide advice on course choices, plans of study, study abroad, post-graduation options, etc. The Director of Undergraduate Studies is also a good reference for advice on all these issues.

What are the requirements of the major?

In order for History majors to develop both breadth and depth in their historical knowledge, they are required to take at least three classes in any two world regions: one from the western world, and one from the non-western world.  Moreover, History majors must take at least three seminar classes (numbered 300-499) which will allow them to deepen their knowledge of particular areas and themes, and to improve their ability to formulate research questions and to write substantive papers.  All our seminar classes count also for the College's Integrated Writing requirement for History majors.  Please see  detailed guidelines on the major.

How does the University’s “Integrated Writing” requirement work within the History major?

All our 300-499 courses are in seminar format, and feature intense class discussion and substantial reading and writing assignments, and as such they will allow students to deepen their understanding both of particular world regions and historical eras, and of the discipline of history as a whole. In particular, these courses will help hone students’ writing skills: History majors are required to take three of these courses and thus will repeatedly encounter and practice various forms of historical writing and develop their own voice as historically-conscious analytical writers. Therefore, all History courses numbered at 300-499 fulfill the College’s requirement for one “Integrated Writing” course in each student’s major.

Is there an Honors Program?

The Department of History encourages excellent students to participate in its Honors Program. Admission to the History Honors Program is by invitation of the Department and is decided in February/March of each year. Interested junior History majors may also contact the Department’s Director of Undergraduate Studies. Ordinarily, the minimum requirement for admission to the Program is a ranking in the top one-third of each class and a GPA of 3.67 in the major. Students will need to maintain the GPA of 3.67 in the major and to write a thesis of high quality to receive History Honors at graduation. Students who are accepted into this Program take a two-semester Senior Honors Seminar, in which they produce a distinguished piece of research. This Seminar (HIST 408-409) fulfills the requirements for two courses numbered 300 or above.

Can I get credit for courses taken abroad?

Yes. The major allows up to  four courses to be transfered , from abroad or from other universities, both in summer and semester programs. Usually, you will need a syllabus for the course or courses you took away from Georgetown. Please consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies for further information.

Can I get credit for an internship?

Yes, under specific parameters, which you can see here.

Is there a History Minor? 

The History Minor consists of 18 credits. At least three credits (one course) must be numbered 300 or above and no more than six credits (two courses) may be from the 001-099 level.

The Director of Undergraduate Studies is Professor Tommaso Astarita, ICC 621, 202-687-5860,