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Important Links for Undergraduate Students

All students who enroll for the first time in Fall 2013 or later must meet the revised requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students who enrolled for the first time prior to that time may choose to switch to the 2013 catalog if they prefer the requirements; however, they will then need to use the 2013 catalog for everything — overall degree requirements, general education requirements, major/minor requirements.
A convenient checklist of the revised requirements for the B.A. in history (pdf) is available online.

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Undergraduate Students

The mini-catalog for Fall 2015 undergraduate-level courses is available

The Bachelor of Arts program in history seeks to develop a rich understanding of the past and the fundamental skills of historical research, critical analysis, and written presentation. History majors take surveys of World Civilization and U.S. History in the freshman and sophomore years, and then choose from over eighty upper-level courses covering all periods from antiquity to the present, most geographic regions, and a variety of important themes.

Our major requirements are straightforward and achievable. Besides satisfying the requirements for the university’s general education program and the College of Arts and Sciences B.A., a major completes 33 credit hours in History. We offer flexible course scheduling by allowing on-campus students to take courses through the department’s online program or the Regents Online Degree Program, as well as through Study Abroad opportunities. We also offer a specialized honors program for eligible students. See the major and minor requirements for more details.

Interested students can get to know their fellow majors, graduate students, and faculty members through activities sponsored by the Student History Society and the Phi Alpha Theta history honor society.

We seek to assure that each student receives individual, personal attention. Each new major is assigned to an academic advisor. This advisor aids in planning an academic program tailored to his or her specific needs, interests, and goals, and continues to work closely with each major until graduation.

Dr. Chrystal Goudsouzian is the Undergraduate Advising Coordinator. She advises all incoming freshmen students and honors students. Amanda Lee Savage advises all incoming transfer students, military students, and online students. Dr. Walter Brown and Dr. Maurice Crouse advise existing history majors who primarily take traditional classroom courses.

Dr. Chrystal Goudsouzian
Office: 143 Mitchell
Telephone: 901.678.5339

Dr. Maurice Crouse
Office: 201-C Mitchell
Telephone: 901.678.2517

Dr. Walter R. Brown
Office: 201-B Mitchell
Telephone: 901.678.3393

Amanda Lee Savage
Office: 145 Mitchell
Telephone: 901.678.1677

History students are encouraged to visit the History Educational Resource Center in 147 Mitchell. The HERC is a comprehensive advising center for majors, minors, and those students taking history courses or interested in the study of history. Students can come for academic advising, to study, to get help with history assignments, or to talk about their future plans. The HERC is open every weekday from 8:30 to 2. The HERC also offers information sessions throughout the year to help students succeed here at U of M and after graduation. Please check out the HERC page for a list of services and upcoming events. 

Dr Sarah Potter is the Director of Undergraduate Studies. For any matters relating to the undergraduate program in History, send e-mail to, telephone 901.678.1713, send a fax to 901.678.2720, or visit her office in 111 Mitchell.

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