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Undergraduate Study

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Courses and Enrollment

Information for Prospective Students

 

COURSES AND ENROLLMENT

Seminars

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How can I get into History seminars that are restricted to "History majors only" when I'm not a History Major?
History seminars (HIST 388, 494, 498), and their waiting lists, are restricted to History Majors during registration periods I and II. You may attend class on the first day and let the instructor you would like to join the class. If, after enrolling all History majors, there is still room in the course, the instructor may allow non-majors to register.

Unfortunately, there's no way around this restriction. We are sorry if this has made it difficult for you to register for some classes you want to take. The restriction is there because students who are already in the History Major need these courses in order to graduate, so they receive first priority. Most UW academic departments have similar restrictions for the same reason.

The History Undergraduate Advising Office will know which restricted courses are likely to end up with space available.
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How do I get an entry code for HIST 388, HIST 494, or HIST 498?
Entry codes for History seminars are available a few days before registration begins for the university. History majors can request a code from the History Undergraduate Advising Office in person, over the phone, or via email. Be sure to specify which course and section you wish to take and include your student number.

Please note that you may receive an entry code as soon as they are available, you do not need to wait until your day to register. The entry code will reserve your space in the class.

After classes begin, entry codes are available from instructors.
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What is a junior seminar (HIST 388)?
The junior seminar (HIST 388) is a methodology course and is seen as a prerequisite to advanced work in History. It is an introduction to the discipline of History for new majors. It emphasizes the basic skills of reading, analysis, and communication (both verbal and written) that are central to the historical craft. It does not require a research paper.

Junior seminars are limited to about 20 students and meet once or twice a week. Class meetings are not lectures, but focus on discussion.The seminars are five credits and will require substantial work outside of class.
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When should I take the junior seminar (HIST 388)?
History majors should take HIST 388 within two quarters of declaring the major and must complete the junior seminar before taking the senior seminar. You do not need to be a junior in order to take the seminar. It is best to take the seminar as soon as possible, since it will be helpful in your future History classes.
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What is a senior seminar (HIST 494 and HIST 498)?
The senior seminar is the capstone course for History majors and should provide a forum for students to synthesize information from previous History courses, hone historical skills, and produce a 15- to 20-page research paper or its equivalent. You will usually take the senior seminar in the last year of study, but you must have completed HIST 388 before enrolling in HIST 494 or 498.
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What is the difference between HIST 494 and HIST 498?
History majors choose one of two courses to fulfill their senior seminar requirement: HIST 494 or HIST 498—they do not take both courses.

HIST 494 is a historiographical seminar that focuses on subject areas where document availability or translation issues make primary research difficult. HIST 494 subjects also may focus on a broad historiographical theme of relevance to students in a variety of historical fields, such as "Slavery" or "Gender." Students must research and prepare a major historiographical essay, usually of 15 or more pages.

HIST 498 is a research seminar that requires research in both primary and secondary sources. It requires a research paper, usually of 15 or more pages.
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Registration

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The History lecture class I want to take is full. How can I get in?
Before the start of the quarter, the History Undergraduate Advising Office can overload some lecture classes. Contact them to find out if the class you want can be overloaded. After the quarter begins, attend class and ask the instructor for a code.
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Where do I get an entry code for a History class?
Other than seminars, history classes do not require entry codes. They are open to all UW students, regardless of major, on a space available basis. If you are getting an error message when registering, it is probably because the class is full. See previous FAQ for getting into full history classes.

Starting in week two, all UW courses require entry codes, whether or not they are full. If you are adding a class during the second week of instruction, think carefully about your ability to catch up: you have already missed 10% of the class. If you would still like to join the class late, attend class and ask the instructor for a code.
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When are entry codes available?
Entry codes for History seminars are available a few days before registration begins for the university. History majors can request a code from the History Undergraduate Advising Office in person, or by the phone or email. Be sure to specify which course and section you wish to take and include your student number.

Please note that you may receive an entry code as soon as they are available, you do not need to wait until your day to register. The entry code will reserve your space in the class.
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How do I get on a waiting list?
The person or office giving out entry codes (usually History Undergraduate Advising) will also keep the waiting list. Please note that non-majors are not eligbile to be placed on waiting lists for History seminars.
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When I look at the online Time Schedule it looks like the section I want is open but the registration system is requiring an entry code. Why?
If the class you are trying to register for is HIST 388, 494, or 498, then enrollment is limited to History majors and requires an entry code. If it is a section of lecture class, the section may be restricted to students in Honors, Freshman Interest Groups, or Transfer Interest Groups.
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What is a Freshman Interest Group (FIG)?
A FIG is a group of 20 to 25 new UW freshmen with similar academic interests who are enrolled in the same schedule of classes during their first quarter on campus. Visit First Year Programs for information about FIG content and FIG registration. If a History section course is part of a FIG, students who are not enrolled in the FIG generally cannot register for that section.
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What is a Transfer and Returning Interest Group (TRIG)?
A TRIG is a group of 20 to 25 new UW transfer and returning students with similar academic interests who are enrolled in the same schedule of classes during their first quarter on campus. Visit First Year Programs for more information about TRIG content and registration. If a History section is part of a TRIG, students who are not enrolled in the TRIG generally cannot register for that section.
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What is a writing link?
Some lower-division History lecture courses are linked with a section of ENGL 198, expository writing for the social sciences. ENGL 198 satisfies the composition requirement for the College of Arts and Sciences. The writing course is designed to help students improve their writing skills while further exploring ideas and materials assigned in the lecture courses. Assignments in the writing course draw on materials from the lecture course, and often include drafts of papers submitted in the lecture course. See the Interdisciplinary Writing Program for more information.

Writing links are listed in the Time Schedule under English. Students register separately for the writing link and the lecture course.
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Dropping Classes

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How can I drop a class during weeks three through seven if I've already used my one "annual drop"?
If you've already used your one "annual drop" (one drop available September through August each academic year), you have only two options: (1) Completely withdraw from the University for the quarter (drop all classes, forfeit all tuition, etc.); or (2) if you qualify, petition for a Hardship Withdrawal from the course.

How can I drop a class after the seventh week of the quarter?
After the end of the seventh week of the quarter, there are only two ways to drop a class: (1) Completely withdraw from the university for the quarter (drop all classes, forfeit all tuition, etc.). This must be done before the last day of instruction.; or (2) if you qualify, petition for a Hardship Withdrawal from the course.

If you have been in attendance and done satisfactory work until within two weeks of the end of the quarter, you can request an incomplete from your instructor and, if he or she grants your request, you can make up the work during the subsequent quarter. Your instructor may require you to furnish proof that the work cannot be completed because of illness or other circumstances beyond your control. Incompletes are granted at the discretion of individual instructors.

If you have questions about your particular situation, please see an adviser.

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Non-Matriculated Students

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I'm not a UW student. Can I still take UW History classes?
Yes. Students not currently enrolled at the UW may take classes as a non-matriculated student.

I am a non-matriculated student. How do I register for History classes?
In autumn, winter, and spring quarters, the History department allows non-matriculated students to register for History courses as space permits. The History department will sign non-matriculated registration forms on the third day of classes. Other than checking in with UW Educational Outreach and obtaining their forms, you do not need to do anything before the quarter starts. You should begin attending class and, on the third day, ask the instructor for his or her signature. Then, bring the form to History Undergraduate Advising for our signature. UW Educational Outreach is aware of History department policy and will waive the late registration fee.

In summer quarter, signatures are not required for admission to History courses.

Can I enroll as a graduate non-matriculated student?
No, the History department does not offer Graduate Non-Matriculating status. All non-matriculating students, regardless of previous degree status, must enroll through UW Educational Outreach as undergraduate non-matriculating students.

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Evening Classes

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How do I register for History classes offered through the Evening Degree program?
History courses offered through the Evening Degree program will appear on the time schedule with a note stating that the course is an evening degree course. Evening degree courses are closed to day students until the first day of the quarter. On the first day of the quarter, spaces will become available for day students, the SLN will appear on the online Time Schedule and you will be able to register normally. If you cannot register for any reason, you should attend the first day of class and, if there is space available, receive an entry code from the instructor. Do not worry about getting into the class; there are usually plenty of spaces available for regular students. Please contact History Undergraduate Advising if you have any questions or any problems registering.

I am an Evening Degree student. Can I major in History?
No, the Evening Degree program does not offer a major in History. History classes may count towards the Evening Degree Social Studies major.

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Online Classes

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Does the History Department offer classes online?
Yes, online classes are offered through UW Extension.

Do online classes count towards the History major?
UW online classes count as credits towards the History major and can fulfill requirements such as Broad US and Non-Western. Online courses taken through UW Extension may count towards the History major requirements, but these courses do not count towards the 30 credits of in-residence upper division History coursework required for the major. The classes are calculated into your UW GPA, but not your UW History GPA.

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Independent Study and Internships

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How can I set up an independent study (HIST 499)?
First, you should have a project in mind that you would like to research. Next, read the guidelines and print the HIST 499 contract, or pick one up from History Undergraduate Advising. Then ask a History Department faculty member if they would be willing to supervise your independent study project. (If you are unsure about whom to contact, speak to a History Undergraduate Advisor.) Next, you and the faculty member complete and sign the HIST 499 contract. Finally, bring the contract to History Undergraduate Advising to receive an entry code. You need to register by the usual registration deadlines for the quarter.

How can I get History credit for an internship (HIST 495)?
To receive History credit for an internship, you intern in an organization in the community and also work with a History faculty member to complete readings and a research paper related to the internship.

To set up an internship, you first arrange an interrnship that has a historical component. Next, read the guidelines and print the HIST 495 contract, or pick one up from History Undergraduate Advising. Then ask a History Department faculty member if they would be willing to supervise your project. (If you are unsure about whom to contact, speak to a History Undergraduate Advisor.) Next, you and the faculty member complete and sign the HIST 495 contract. Finally, bring the contract to History Undergraduate Advising to receive an entry code. You need to register by the usual registration deadlines for the quarter.

If there is no historical component to your internship, you may be able to receive General Studies credit.

Where do I find out about internships?
This History Department occasionally receives announcements for available internships, but students usually find and arrange their own internships. History majors often find internships with local history museums, historical societies, archives, publishing companies, etc. The purpose of an internship is to pursue a topic or field of personal interest, so students often find opportunities independently.

In the past, students have interned at the Museum of Flight, the Museum of History and Industry, the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, the Rainier Valley Historical Society, and the Seattle Survival Guide. The Carlson Center has additional internship opportunities.

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Transfer Credit

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How will my History courses transfer from a Washington state community college?
The Transfer Equivalency Guide lists UW course equivalencies for Washington state community college courses.
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Where can I find information about applying to the UW as a transfer student?
Please see the admissions website for information about planning to transfer, and requirements for admission. You may also want to attend an advising session on Transfer Thursdays.
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I'm a UW student, but I want to take some classes at another school and transfer them back to UW. Can I do that?
Yes. Keep in mind, however, that the UW normally accepts a maximum of 90 lower-division transfer credits from either a two-year or a four-year school. As of winter 2005, students may use up to 135 community college credits towards their degree. More than 90 transfer credits may be allowed if the student is declared in a major, the additional credits will advance the student towards the degree, and the major department approves the additional credits. The total number of transfer credits may not exceed 135.

All students must earn a minimum of 45 matriculated UW credits in order to earn a bachelor's degree from the UW. You should always see an adviser whenever you plan to transfer credit to make sure that the classes you'll take elsewhere will transfer to UW and meet UW requirements.

If you are within your final 60 credits (you're in the last quarter of your junior year), you can take up to 15 credits at another school without special permission. If you need to take more than 15 of your final 60 credits elsewhere, see a History adviser to prepare a petition to the College of Arts and Sciences requesting permission. In all cases, you must still complete at least 45 matriculated credits (total) at UW in order to earn a UW bachelor's degree.
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My UW transcript lists my History courses from other schools as HIST 1XX, 2XX, etc. What does this mean?
This means that during the initial pass through your transfer records, the UW Office of Undergraduate Admissions did not find a direct UW course equivalent for the course you took in transfer. Most History courses taken at other schools do not have a direct equivalent in the UW History department. Courses listed as HIST 1XX, 2XX, etc. count as History credits for the major. If you are a History major and think that one of your transfer courses should count for a specific requirement (Broad US, Broad Europe, or Non-Western), you should speak to an adviser about having these credits evaluated. You may need to provide a course description or a syllabus for each class.
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I think my History class taken at another school should count towards the Broad US, Broad Europe, or Non-Western requirement. What should I do?
If you are a History major, you should speak to an adviser about having these credits evaluated. You may need to provide a course description or a syllabus for each class.
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Foreign Study

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I'm planning to study abroad. Will the History courses I take abroad count toward my History major at UW?
If you'd like to know how History courses you take elsewhere will meet major requirements, you must submit a Request for Foreign Study Credit form for pre-approval to the History Undergraduate Advising office before you leave for your study abroad, and attach descriptions of the courses you plan to take. Please allow up to two weeks for the department to complete the evaluation. You must save the syllabus from each History course taken abroad and submit it for final approval when you return.

For general information on study abroad, transferring credit, and programs that allow you to study abroad while remaining officially enrolled at the UW, contact International Programs and Exchanges.
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I have returned from my study abroad program. How do I have foreign study credits evaluated for History credit?
To receive History credit for courses taken abroad, you must complete a Request for Foreign Study Credit form and attach the syllabus for each History course taken abroad. Submit the form to the History Undergraduate Advising office and allow up to two weeks for the department to complete the evaluation. When the evaluation is complete, we will ask you to bring your IPE form for our signature.
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Does the History Department offer study abroad programs?
The History Department currently offers one study abroad program, "Paris and Rome—Revolution and Empire." History majors often participate in programs offered through other UW departments, and in direct exchanges with foreign universitites. See International Programs and Exchanges for study abroad possibilities.
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Where can I find out about other study abroad programs?
International Programs and Exchanges has information about study abroad opportunitites for UW students.
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Information for Prospective Students

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Do I need to apply to the History Department before or when applying to the University?
No. In fact, the History Department accepts applications only from currently registered, matriculated University of Washington students. If you are a transfer student and the coursework you have taken satisfies the prerequisites for declaring the History major, you will be able to declare once you begin taking classes at the UW.
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My Post-Baccalaureate application says that I need a recommendation from the major department I'm interested in.
This statement is somewhat misleading. You actually do not need a recommendation from the History Department in order to apply for Post-Baccalaureate admission. (In fact, it will be difficult for us to recommend you for admission if we don't know you.) You should always feel free, however, to see an History Undergraduate Adviser to talk about your eligibility for the major.

On your Post-Baccalaureate admission application, you should list History as your intended major. The UW Admissions Office will then send a referral form to our department, asking us if you are eligible for admission to the History major. We will give one of three answers:

1. You are eligible, if you have met the prerequisites for declaring the major.
2. You are not eligible at this time, but there is strong potential for your admission. (We will give this response if you have not completed all prerequisites, but if your History and cumulative GPAs make it likely that you will be able to declare.)
3. You are not eligible at this time. (We will give this response if your History or cumulative GPAs do not make it likely that you will be able to declare.)

The admission decision is ultimately made by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and not by the History Department. You may be admitted (or denied admission) to UW regardless of the response we provide in this admission referral.
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I'll be applying to the UW as a transfer student. What courses does the History Department recommend that I take before I transfer to the UW?
The History Department is in the College of Arts and Sciences, which has a foreign language requirement for graduation purposes. If possible, it is a very good idea to complete a year of college-level foreign language (two semesters or three quarters) with a grade of 2.0 or above ("C") in the final quarter or semester. This is especially true if your intended foreign language for graduation purposes is Spanish: it is extremely difficult for non-freshmen to access 100-level Spanish courses at the UW during the regular academic year. There are other ways to satisfy this requirement, for example, you may be able to pass a proficiency exam in another language or establish yourself as a literate native speaker of a language other than English. For details, please consult the College of Arts and Sciences General Education Requirements.

If you are trying to plan ahead, you should begin taking classes towards the UW General Education requirements for graduation. Many transfer students complete the UW distribution requirements, the Areas of Knowledge, at a community college before transferring to the UW. If you are attending a Washington state community college, you may check the Course Equivalency Guide to see whether your classes will fulfill the Areas of Knowledge requirements.

History classes taken at other schools will count towards the History major. It is a good idea to take some History classes before transferring to the UW, but you can complete the History major requirements once you are enrolled at the UW. You will need to complete at least 30 credits of upper division History at the UW.
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May I seek advising from a UW History Adviser before I am officially a UW student?
Yes, please contact the Advising Office to set up an appointment.
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Declaring the Major

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When should I declare the major?
You may declare the major after you have met the prerequisites. You must be enrolled, registered, and attending classes at the University of Washington in order to declare the major. You must declare a major before you have 105 credits or a hold will be placed on your registration.

What are the prerequisites for declaring the History major?
To declare the History major students must meet these prerequisites:

Please note: all requirements must be completed with grades posted to your transcript before you can declare the major.

I have met the prerequisites for declaring the History major. How do I declare?
To declare the major, you must set up an appointment with History Undergraduate Advising. You will need to bring to the appointment a copy of your unofficial transcript (available in the Gateway Center in Mary Gates Hall) and a copy of your student file (available in the Gateway Center for pre-majors or your current major department).

Can I declare the major if I have 10 credits of AP History or History courses from a community college?
Yes.

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Graduation, Convocation, and Commencement

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When should I apply to graduate?
When you are within two to three quarters of completing all degree requirements, you should set up an appointment with a History adviser and complete the application paperwork for graduation. Applying early (more than two quarters in advance) provides you with Graduating Senior Priority (GSP) for registration purposes. The latest that you can apply is the end of the second week of the quarter in which you intend to graduate—but applying this late doesn't give you the opportunity to take advantage of GSP registration (see below).
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How do I apply to graduate?
To apply to graduate, schedule an appointment with History Undergraduate Advising to complete the necessary paperwork. If you have more than one major, you must apply to graduate with each major.
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I applied to graduate, but now I need to postpone my graduation date. How do I do that?
Call or email History Undergraduate Advising. Please tell us when you are now scheduled to graduate, when you'd like your new graduation date to be, and why you're postponing and be sure to include your student number.
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I applied to graduate and want to make sure that I'm 'on track' to finish my requirements.
To check the status of your remaining requirements run a new Degree Audit (DARS report) on line through the MyUW system to check your progress, or see a History adviser. It is a good idea to check in with History Undergraduate Advising at least once after you've applied to graduate. If there are any problems with granting your degree, you'll be notified by the Graduation Office.
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What is GSP (Graduating Senior Priority), and how do I get it?
Graduating Senior Priority (GSP) is a priority registration status you receive once you apply to graduate, which allows you to register early for your final two quarters of study—a tool to help you to obtain space in those final classes you need in order to graduate on time. Once your degree application is on file in the Graduation and Academic Records Office, you may register on the first day of Registration Period I for your final two quarters. For example, if you're scheduled to graduate in December, you're eligible to use GSP registration in February, when signing up for Spring Quarter classes, and in May, when signing up for Autumn Quarter classes.

You must apply to graduate by the GSP deadline for the first quarter you intend to use GSP. This deadline is usually several days before the beginning of Registration Period I for that quarter. Check with an History adviser if in doubt.
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I tried to register using my GSP, but it didn't work.
There are three common reasons why your GSP won't work when you think it should:

1. You have not yet applied to graduate. See a History adviser right away.
2. You have applied to graduate, but you are not yet within two quarters of graduation.
3. You have already used your GSP status twice (in cases when you've postponed your graduation), which is the maximum for which any student is eligible. (See GSP rules in the UW Student Guide.)

If none of the above applies, contact History Undergraduate Advising or Graduations (206-543-1803).
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How can I sign up to participate in the UW Commencement ceremony?
The Commencement Office will contact you with information about commencement in April. If your degree has not yet been granted, the information will be sent to your UW email account. If your degree has already been granted at that time, the information will be mailed to the permanent address you have on file with the UW. To check or change your official UW permanent address, visit MyUW. If you can't access MyUW, you can call 206-543-3868.

You can register for commencement online once the website is "open" for this year's June ceremony registration. Registration online normally takes place during the first two weeks of May. Once the site is open for registration, you will not want to delay this step! The window of time for registering usually lasts about two and a half weeks.
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Where do I get my cap and gown, tickets for the ceremony, graduation announcements, class rings, etc?
At the Commencement web site, you can get information about garments, tickets, graduation announcements, class rings, disability accomodations, parking, and so on. You can also call 206-543-2592 or email commence@u.washington.edu.
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Does the History Department have a graduation ceremony of its own for History majors and their families and friends?
Yes, we do, and we hope you'll join us! Our event takes place on the Friday before the main commencement exercises (which always take place on the Saturday following final exam week in June) and includes a ceremony for History majors and their families and friends, followed by a reception with light refreshments. Students do not wear a cap and gown to this ceremony.
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How do I register for the History department convocation ceremony?
If you graduated in December or March, or if you are scheduled to graduate in June or August, you'll receive an invitation by postal mail. The invitation will include RSVP instructions.

Although the Commencement web site does include information about departmental ceremonies, please do not attempt to use this for the History event. You will need to RSVP separately for the History event, following the instructions on the invitation you receive from us. Thank you!
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When and where are the commencement and convocation ceremonies?
The University of Washington Commencement ceremony takes place on the Saturday following final exam week in June in Husky Stadium. The History department ceremony usually takes place on Friday, the day before the UW Commencement and the last day of finals in June. The History ceremony is usually in Kane Hall, and the reception is in the Grieg Glade behind Smith Hall.
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When will I receive my diploma?
Your diploma will be mailed to the permanent address you have on file with UW three to four months after your degree is granted. Your degree will be granted between one and four weeks after your grades for your final quarter have been posted, and your degree will be backdated to the last day of final exams week. To check or change your UW permanent address, visit MyUW. If you can't access MyUW, you can call 206-543-3868 to change your address.

If you're curious about whether your degree has been granted yet, you can use the online Degree Validation site. Note that you must have selected the "Yes" option for UW directory release in order for your degree information to be available on this site. You can change your directory release option through the MyUW system.
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After Graduation

Careers for History Majors

What kind of jobs will a history major prepare me for?
History is a liberal arts degree and, unlike a vocational degree, does not prepare you for any specific career. History majors do, however, gain skills that can be useful in a variety of careers. The Center for Career Services provides a list of possible careers for History majors. See also the American Historical Association's publication, Careers for Students of History.

Who can I talk to about career planning and finding a job after graduation?
The Center for Career Services provides counseling, workshops, and job listings for UW students.

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Teaching

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How does one become certificated to teach in the public schools (K-12) in Washington?

To be qualified to teach in the public (K-12) schools in Washington, you need to earn three things:

1. A Bachelor's Degree. If you want to teach in Washington, you must earn a Bachelor's Degree, either before beginning or concurrently with* an approved teacher certification program. (*The concurrent option is only available if the college or university where you're pursuing your bachelor's degree has an undergraduate teaching option; UW does not).

2. Teacher Certification. This can be accomplished through any approved four-year college or university in Washington, through an undergraduate program, a "fifth year" (Post Baccalaureate) program, or a graduate (Master's) program. The University of Washington-Seattle's Teacher Education Program (TEP) results in a Master's in Teaching (MIT) degree. There is no undergraduate or "fifth year" certification option available at UW's Seattle campus, though there are "fifth year" programs in elementary (K-8) education available at UW-Bothell and UW-Tacoma. Other schools in Washington do offer undergraduate and post baccalaureate (i.e. "fifth year") options for teacher certification. The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) compiles a list of links to all approved programs in Washington.

3. Teaching Endorsement(s). Endorsements are conferred in conjunction with your teacher certification and specify what subject(s) you're certified to teach. Often much or all of the required endorsement course work must be completed before you enter the approved teacher certification program—that is, while you're still an undergraduate working toward your bachelor's degree. For more information about endorsements in general, visit the UW's College of Education Teacher Education Program site or read about endorsements at the Washington OSPI (Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction) site.

See also the information about Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification in Washington provided by the Professional Educators Standards Board in conjunction with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.
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I am a UW undergraduate and I want to be an elementary school teacher. What should I do? UW undergraduates who want to be certificated to teach Elementary School will need to do three things:

1. In the course of their undergraduate programs, investigate Teacher Education Programs in Elementary Education and plan for the required prerequisite course work for endorsements in elementary education:

UW Seattle Teacher Certification Program: Elementary Education
UW Bothell Teacher Certification Program: Elementary Education
UW Tacoma Teacher Certification Program: Elementary Education

See also the list of Approved Programs in Washington from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

2. For further information about the Master in Teaching Program at the UW Seattle, you may register online to attend an information session. There are two offered each quarter for the Elementary program. For any questions about this process, please contact the College of Education's Office of Student Services by phone (206) 543-7834, by email edinfo@u.washington.edu, or drop by their office in 206 Miller Hall.

3. Complete the UW Bachelor's Degree programs and all prerequisite course work for the certification program(s) to which you plan to apply after graduation. (For a sample of required prerequisites, see the UW Seattle College of Education's Elementary Education prerequisites, but bear in mind that each college or university sets its own requirements.)

4. Apply to an approved teacher certification program for elementary education. Programs may be offered at the undergraduate level, the post baccalaureate (fifth year) level, or the master's level.
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I am a UW undergraduate and I want to teach History at the secondary level. What should I do?

1. Register online to attend an information session. There are two information sessions offered each quarter. If you cannot attend or have additional questions, please contact the College of Education's Office of Student Services by phone (206) 543-7834, by email edinfo@u.washington.edu, or drop by their office in 206 Miller Hall.

2. Become familiar with the Teacher Education Program prerequisites for UW for secondary education as well as for other teacher certification programs to which you plan to apply. Be sure that those schools offer certification in secondary education; some schools have an elementary education program only.

3. Become familiar with the History and Social Studies requirements for secondary (6-12) teachers, and plan to complete one of them before you graduate with your BA degree. The endorsement requirements can be coordinated with History BA requirements.

4. Speak with an History undergraduate adviser about planning.

5. Once you have earned your BA in History, completed your History or Social Studies Endorsement requirements, and completed all other required prerequisites for the teacher certification master's or post baccalaureate programs you're interested in, you'll be ready to apply to a teacher education program and earn your certification for secondary education.
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What is the difference between the History and Social Studies endorsements?
The History and Social Studies endorsements for the UW Masters in Teaching Program both prepare candidates to teach History at the secondary level. One is not better than the other, so you should complete the endorsement that is easiest for you.

The History endorsement is designed for UW History majors and can be completed with the BA degree. The Department of History evaluates this endorsement.

Students who received their BA from another school or did not major in History usually find it easier to complete the Social Studies endorsement. The College of Education evaluates this endorsement.
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I was not a UW History major, but I want to teach History at the secondary level. Which endorsement should I get?
You can teach History at the secondary level with an endorsement in either History or Social Studies. Candidates who did not complete a BA in History at the UW usually find it easier to complete the Social Studies endorsement and should contact the College of Education to have their transcripts evaluated for this endorsement.
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How do I have my transcripts evaluated for the History endorsement for the UW Masters in Teaching Program?
If you are a UW student, set up an appointment to speak with a History Undergraduate Adviser.

If you are not a UW student, please do the following:

1. Get a copy of transcripts from all colleges and universities you attended. You do not need to send official transcripts, but be sure to include copies of both the front and back sides of the transcript;

2. Gather catalog course descriptions for all courses that may meet endorsement requirements (it is acceptable to submit descriptions from the institution's general course catalog);

3. Compare the courses you've taken with the UW's required endorsement coursework in History;

4. If you are applying for the UW MIT program with a History endorsement, include the Endorsement Evaluation form that accompanies the application or the necessary information for us to complete the online version of the form;

5. Prepare a cover letter that states your intent and provides us with contact information for you (e-mail, phone, mailing address);

6. Submit the materials above to History Undergraduate Advising. If you would like your materials mailed back to you, please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

An History Department adviser will contact you within two weeks of the receipt of your materials to discuss options with you.
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Do I need an undergraduate degree in History in order to teach History at a secondary level?
No. You must have a Bachelor's Degree, a teacher certification, and an endorsement in either History or Social Studies, but you do not have to have a major in History. If you already have a BA and need additional coursework for the endorsement, you may be able to complete the coursework by taking classes at community college, and as a non-matriculated student at the UW.
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Do I have to earn a master's degree to be certified as a teacher?
No, you can pursue teacher certification through any OSPI-approved undergraduate, post baccalaureate, or master's program, however, the University of Washington Seattle College of Education Teacher Education Program (TEP) offers only a master's in teaching (MIT) program for teacher certification. The UW Bothell and the UW Tacoma offer post baccalaureate (fifth year) certification programs for elementary education only.
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Graduate School

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Where can I find information on applying for graduate school?
See the information provided by the American Historical Association on graduate school, including articles on applying to graduate school and questions to consider when applying to graduate school, as well as other articles and resources.
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What should I do to prepare for graduate school while I'm still an undergraduate?
Undergraduate students planning graduate study in History can do a number of things to prepare:

Talk to faculty. History faculty are your best resource for graduate school preparation. They can assist you in discovering and developing your academic interests in History, make suggestions about schools and programs, supervise independent writing and research you may take on as an undergraduate, and write letters of recommendation to graduate programs.

Take additional upper division History courses beyond the minimum course work required in the undergraduate major in your area of interest.

Begin to study the foreign languages that a graduate program may require.

If possible, complete the History Honors program.

Begin to develop your writing sample. Most graduate programs have a January deadline for students seeking admission for the following autumn, so you'll need to have your writing sample ready early. The writing sample is usually 12-20 pages of your best writing, often a revised paper from an undergraduate course or part of a senior project. It is helpful if the paper concerns works or issues within your stated area of interest for further study. If you've written a paper for an History course that you're thinking of developing into your writing sample, tell your instructor. He or she may have suggestions for you on how to improve it, or may be willing to work with you on further revisions.

Begin to write your statement of purpose. Your statement of purpose is an extremely important part of your application materials; you should plan to spend a lot of time on it and rewrite it many times. Read information about what schools look for in the statement of purpose. Some relatively low-cost statement of purpose writing courses are also offered through the UW Women's Center.

Investigate schools and programs. Ask faculty and current graduate students for their recommendations. Read college catalogs, look at websites, request admission packets and begin to look over the materials. See the American Historical Association's Directory of History Departments or Peterson's Guides.

Prepare to take the Graduate Records Exam (GRE). Some students choose to take GRE preparation courses; others use books or software programs. Most schools will require only the General Test. Check with each school for their admission requirements. Some relatively low-cost preparation courses are offered through the UW Women's Center.
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How do I choose a graduate program?
First, talk to UW faculty members in your field about what schools are best in that area.

Read about graduate programs to see if they meet your needs:

Do they offer what you want to study?
Do they have both MA and PhD programs?
Do they require more fields or languages than you want to take?
Do they have faculty members that you want to work with?
Is the faculty member you want to work with going on leave, or is he or she likely to be retiring soon and therefore not taking on new students?

Consider writing letters or emails to appropriate faculty members at your target schools.Tell them about your academic interests and ask them about the graduate program. Read some of their published work to see if their interests correspond to yours. Try to maintain some dialogue with prospective faculty mentors so that you become more than just another name on a list of applicants.
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To how many schools should I apply?
Apply to a range of schools. The nation-wide increase in the number of applications to graduate school makes the competition for the limited number of openings in most graduate programs very rigorous.
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When are graduate school applications due?
Most graduate school applications are due between December and February.
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How do I find funding for graduate school?
Look into what types of funding are available at the schools to which you are applying. Look into fellowships, Research Assistantships, Teaching Assistanships, and other funding from the schools; there may be different deadlines for applying for funding, so read the information carefully. Look into outside funding. See the UW Graduate School and the US Department of Education for information on sources of funding.
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What are the components of a graduate school application?

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Most schools have a minimum GPA for graduate applications (the UW's is 3.0 based on the last 90 quarter credit hours or last 60 semester credit hours). But, in the current competitive climate higher GPAs, usually in the range of 3.5 (A-/B+) or better are the norm.

Please note that not only are your grades important, but also what courses you took. For example, if you are applying to study Chinese History and you have little or no preparation in that area, you will not be a competitive applicant, even though you have a strong GPA. (See also language preparation below.)

Request official copies of your transcripts as early as possible. Transcript offices get very busy in December and January due to the large number of last-minute requests. Your file will be considered incomplete and may be denied if the transcripts do not arrive by the application deadline.
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Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Most schools require the General Test, but some schools may also require the Subject Test. Read each school's application materials to find out what exam you need to take. Be advised that GRE scores are not valid after five years.

Be sure to take the GRE well in advance of the graduate program's application deadline to ensure that the scores arrive in time. You can register for the GRE online.

The verbal and analytical scores tend to be given the most attention; a score below the 80/85% range will require added strength in other areas of the application to offset the lower scores.
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Letters of Recommendation
Most applications require three letters of recommendation.

Good letters of recommendation are an important component in admission decisions. Request letters of recommendation from faculty members who know you well enough to discuss your work and your potential in detail and can attest to your scholarly abilities. Graduate admission committees need to see letters that speak specifically to your accomplishments as an undergraduate, your potential as a graduate student, and your potential for fitting into and contributing to a community of scholars. It is also important to have the support of a professor whose specialization closely relates to they field that you want to study so that he or she can speak to your potential in that area.

To assist faculty whom you've asked to write recommendations for you, consider providing them with a draft of your statement of purpose or a brief summary of your recent work and accomplishments and your plans. It can also be helpful to them if you're able to provide them with copies of papers you wrote for their courses or other work you completed under their supervision.

Ask for letters well in advance of application deadlines. If possible, collect letters and mail them with the rest of your application materials. Letters should be in sealed envelopes and the professor should sign his or her name across the seal. If it is not possible to send the letters with the rest of your materials, check with your recommenders to be sure that they send the letters directly to the graduate program.
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Writing Sample
Above all, the writing sample should show your mind at work. The writing sample should be a seminar paper or other research paper written in the general field of History that you intend to pursue at the graduate level. Graduate programs require writing samples of 10-25 pages. The most impressive writing samples demonstrate an ability to conduct research in a variety of sources, to write analytical prose, to construct a reasoned argument based upon evidence, and to create a context for assessing the significance of what has been presented.

Your critical writing sample should represent your best work in an area related to the academic interest(s) you want to pursue in your graduate study. Continue to revise and refine. Work with faculty whenever possible on your revisions. Prepare to turn in an clean, polished writing sample that has been edited thoroughly.
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Statement of Purpose
Overall, give an impression of purpose and self-awareness. Be specific about the intellectual experiences that led you to your proposed areas of study; include courses you have taken, research you have done, books read, methodologies discovered, etc. Note any speacial relevant skills that your possess. Link these to some reasonably specific statement of your research or teaching interests and ultimate career goals. Discuss how these interests and goals can be advanced by pursuing graduate work in a particular graduate program by working with specific professors or by utilizing resources of the school. If you are aware of any weakness in your application, mention your plans to deal with them.

Work hard at perfecting your statement of purpose. Your statement of purpose is an extremely important component of your graduate admission packet. Ask peers, faculty, or advisers to review what you've written, and plan to make multiple drafts.
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Foreign Language
Good foreign language preparation is impressive evidence of seriousness and likely success in a graduate program. Language training is often neglected by undergraduates, but is vital to graduate study, particularly in areas such as Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern, Asian, Latin American, Western and Eastern European, Russian, and African History. Speak to faculty members in your field about what languages will be necessary for graduate study.

If you do not have sufficient language study, discuss in your statement of purpose your plans to acquire the appropriate language training, such as taking intensive summer courses or attending foreign language institutes.
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Note: Fill out all of the application paperwork completely and submit all requested information (personal statement, GRE scores, recommendations, etc.) on time. Most schools have an application checklist. Make sure that there's nothing missing. If you have questions about any of the materials, contact the graduate adviser for the targeted program. Be sure to read the application materials carefully. Failure to complete application forms accurately and to submit required supporting materials to the appropriate offices by the indicated deadlines may result in denial.
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