How to Declare a Major in History

STEP 1 – Choose and contact a faculty advisor

The first step to majoring in history is to meet with a faculty member who will serve as your major advisor. The history department does not assign major advisors to students. Instead, prospective majors should contact and set up a meeting with a faculty member whose research and teaching fields aligns with their interests. You can see the pages and contact information for history faculty members here: https://history.dartmouth.edu/people.

STEP 2 – Think about courses

A major in history requires ten courses. You can review the major requirements here: https://history.dartmouth.edu/undergraduate/major.

In order to plan your major, you should consult the list of planned history course offerings over the next two years. You can find the most updated list of course offerings here: https://history.dartmouth.edu/undergraduate/course-schedule.  Click on the various terms to review planned courses. Prior to meeting with your faculty advisor, think about courses that appeal to you, fit your D Plan, and/or fulfill the major requirements.

In particular, you should think about the two upper level seminars (HIST 96) that you would like to take as part of your major, starting as early as sophomore summer. In these small classes, limited to 12 students, students engaged in high-level historical discussion and produce a significant piece of original research and writing. Look for seminars that have a connection to other course work that you have done in the history department and can effectively serve as a culminating experience in the history major. You can learn more about history seminars here: https://history.dartmouth.edu/undergraduate/curriculum/seminars-colloquia.

STEP 3 – Meet with your faculty advisor and fill out the major worksheet

When you meet with your faculty advisor, bring your ideas about courses and seminars, along with a copy of history major worksheet. You can find the worksheet here: histmajorworksheet.pdf.

Your faculty advisor will help you develop a plan of courses that fits your interest and fulfills the major requirements. In particular, they will help you identify appropriate seminars and offer advice about when to take various classes. Fill out the major worksheet with your faculty advisor and have them sign it. Remember that this worksheet is simply a plan and can be revised as you progress through the major, your interests change, and/or the available classes change.

STEP 4 – Turn in your major worksheet and declare your major on Degree Works

Turn in your signed worksheet to Gail Patten in Carson 300. By turning in your worksheet, you will be placed on the enrollment lists for HIST 96 seminar courses. History department seminars regularly fill up, so the earlier you turn in your worksheet, the better your chances of getting the seminars that you want.

After you have completed your worksheet, go on Degree Works to select your courses and complete the online major declaration process.