Amy  Leonard, Director of Undergraduate Studies

What are the major requirements?

In order for History majors to develop both breadth and depth in their historical knowledge, they take at least four classes in any one world region of their choice, and at least three classes in the history of other parts of the world.  Moreover, History majors take at least three seminar classes (numbered 300-499) which 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 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.

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.

Can I get credit for courses taken abroad?

Yes. The major allows up to four courses to be transferred, 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 to petition to receive credit toward the major. Please consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies for further information.

Is it possible to combine History with other disciplines?

Yes.  It is easy to combine the History major with another major, or with two minor, or with a certificate in area studies or other fields.  While College rules prevent students from double-counting elective courses, the major leaves plenty of space in students' schedule that combining History with other disciplines is perfectly manageable, and indeed many of our majors complete a second major.  Please consult your advisor, your dean, or the Director of Undergraduate Studies for advice.

Can I get credit for an internship?

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

Is there an Honors Program?

Yes! Learn more about our Honors Program 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.

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

All faculty members in the Department will be happy to talk with you about the major in history.  The Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Amy Leonard, is the person coordinating the major program as a whole, and can be reached at 77831 or at  His office is 612 in ICC and he welcomes all visitors.

You may also contact the following current History majors: