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
Students who declared the History major prior to Autumn 2002 have a different set of requirements.Contact History Undergraduate Advising with questions.
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:
10 credits of approved courses in the Pre-Modern period.
10 credits of approved courses in the Modern period.
A 5 credit HIST 388: Introduction to History (Junior Seminar) completed at the University of Washington.
This course should be taken within two quarters of declaring the major and must be completed before a student may take the senior seminar; concurrent enrollment is not permitted.
A 5 credit HIST 494: Historiography OR HIST 498: Colloquium in History (Senior Seminar)completed at the University of Washington in which a major research paper or its equivalent will be written.
The junior seminar must be completed before the senior seminar my be taken; concurrent enrollment is not permitted.
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.
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.
If you have questions about these requirements, please contact the History Undergraduate Advising Office.