The American Historical Association website offers more understanding as to why a history major may be the right choice for you. Visit the AHA website for the following web pages:

Declaring a Major in History

Prospective History majors must read the requirements for the major. It is important to become acquainted with the necessary requirements to graduate with the History major, as these requirements cannot be waived.

To officially declare a History major, send an e-mail to the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Lex Renda ( Include the following in your message:

  1. Your full name
  2. Your complete mailing address
  3. Your home phone number
  4. Your student ID number
  5. One of the following statements:
    • I hereby declare a major in History.
    • I am majoring in [subject], but I hereby change my major to History.
    • I am majoring in [subject], and I hereby declare History as a second major.
  6. If you are not already enrolled in the College of Letters and Science, also include one of the following statements:
    • I hereby switch from [school or college] to the College of Letters and Science.
    • I will remain in [school or college], as History will not be my primary major.

If you are switching from a History minor to a History major, please indicate that in your e-mail message as well.

Professor Renda will submit a declaration form on your behalf to the College of Letters and Science Student Academic Services, and you will receive an email confirmation message from him. Your records on PAWS will reflect your declaration within two months.