We are thrilled that you are considering declaring a major in History! Here is what you need to do:
Choose An Advisor
Please make an advising appointment with a History faculty member teaching in Spring 2021 sometime between January 5-8 or January 11-18. Even if your first choice is someone who is currently on leave, any of the faculty listed below can help you register.
Fill Out The Forms
To declare a major you will need to complete this form before (and sometimes during) your meeting with your Advisor. Once your Advisor has approved the form, please send the completed form to Linda Grandshaw, Departmental Administrative Assistant.
Important Note About PDF Forms: The most reliable way to use this form is to download it to your computer and open it in Adobe Acrobat.
Registrar Major Form
Once your form has been sent to the Department, this form must be filled out to register you in the College system and make your declaration official.
History Department’s 2020-2021 Policies on Completing the Major
We understand that the conditions of the pandemic may present challenges to completing the major as outlined in the Course Catalog. The department is committed to working with you to ensure that you are able to complete the major before your graduation date. Below are the department’s policies about major requirements for the 2020-2021 academic year. Please be in touch with your advisor or the department chair if you have any questions or foresee any difficulty in completing the major under these conditions:
- The College requires nine courses to earn a degree in any major at Williams. All history majors will be required to take nine courses to complete the major.
- Students majoring in history must take a HIST 301 seminar and a 400-level seminar or tutorial as part of the nine-course requirement. These courses must be taken for grades in 2020-2021.
- For the 2020-2021 academic year, the College has relaxed the usual limits on pass/fail courses. Under normal conditions, pass/fail courses may not count toward a major, concentration, or certificate unless the course is the first one that student takes toward that major. Recognizing the extraordinary conditions of the pandemic, students will be allowed to count courses taken pass/fail in 2020-2021 toward their major (excepting HIST 301 or a 400-level seminar or tutorial taken to fulfill the requirement—please see above).
- Please note that pass/fail courses taken in Spring 2020 will count for the major, regardless of the course.
- The department understands that students may encounter difficulties meeting the department’s distribution requirements (geographical and temporal). If you plan to graduate in 2021 and think you will not be able to meet all of these requirements in the coming year, please speak to your advisor or the department chair. We may waive these requirements on a case-by-case basis.