General Information

Welcome to the Undergraduate Program

Are you curious about how and why the world came to be the way it is? Are you interested in understanding how individuals and organizations shape their social and natural environments? Do you ever wonder when the ‘traditional’ first was ‘new’? If so, you are probably interested in history! Whether you are looking for courses, seek to complete a minor, or are interested in a history major, here are a few things to get you started.

With nearly ninety faculty members, the U-M History Department is the largest in North America and one of the largest in the world. We usually offer more than one hundred undergraduate courses per semester, from first-year seminars and dozens of introductory surveys to upper level topics courses and capstone seminars for majors. Our curriculum covers every region of the world, from the earliest human societies to the present, from the highest reaches of power to the everyday lives of marginalized groups, from politics, war and religion to race, gender, sexuality and almost everything else imaginable.

During 2011-2012, the Department implemented a series of curricular reforms that govern the current requirements for history majors and minors and added several exciting 100 level introductory surveys for students new to college level history. In recognition of these recent changes, the History Department won both the LSA Student Government’s Departmental Award of Excellence and the LSA Dean’s Office’s Departmental Award for Contributions to the Undergraduate Initiative in 2012-2013.

All students, regardless of whether they are history majors or minors, can take advantage of meeting with a faculty advisor by making an advising appointment online. Forms and checklists are available in the advising office and online. Advisors can help you select and plan your individual program, provide information about courses and careers, and direct you towards resources for research and internship funding. History majors can moreover choose individual faculty mentors to help them custom tailor their major to their particular interests. For highly motivated history majors, we offer a fantastic honors program to take their individual interests to a new level.

History has a vibrant student culture that finds expression in the many fun activities of History Club, the Michigan Journal of History and the forum for NFM Internship fellows. 


Director of Undergraduate Studies
Professor John Carson

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies
Anne Berg, Ph.D.

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