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Undergraduate Study

Prerequisites for the History Major

-2.00 UW GPA.
-10 credits of college history with 2.50 average.
-10 credits of composition or writing with a 2.00 in each course.
-Enrolled, registered, and attending classes at the University of Washington during the current quarter.

Declaring the History Major


To declare the major, please make an appointment with History Undergraduate Advising, and bring unofficial transcripts and your student file from the Gateway Center.

Major Requirements

To earn the major you will need 60 credits of history with a history GPA of 2.25 and a 2.0 in each history course, broken down as follows:

30 credits of upper division history coursework (300-400 level) completed in residence at the University of Washington. Transfer and AP credit, correspondence courses, and foreign study courses are not classified as "in residence."

5 credits in each of the following areas of study, drawn from the departmental list of Approved Courses:

          Broad European History

          Broad United States History

          Non Western History (Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East)

The choice of remaining elective History coursework (to reach a total of 60 credits) is entirely at the student's discretion.

The history department faculty has determined which of our courses fulfill the above requirements. See the Approved Course list. Below are the parameters for each category of requirement.

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Applying to Graduate

Students must complete a Graduation Application no later than the third Friday of the quarter in which they plan to graduate. Students must meet with an adviser to complete this paperwork. Graduation applications may be completed up to two quarters in advance.

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If you have questions about these requirements, please contact the History Undergraduate Advising Office.