Where is the History Department main office located?
The main office is in the King Juan Carlos Center (KJCC) on floor 4E. The street address is 53 Washington Square South, between Sullivan and Thompson Street.
Who is the History Department undergraduate advisor?
Jackie Menkel is the advisor to all undergraduate History majors and minors, as well as Global Public Health/History joint majors, and South Asian Studies minors. You may stop by her office (Rm. 416 in the KJCC) at any time during her walk-in hours: Monday - Thursday 10:00am-12:00pm, 2:00pm-4:00pm. She can also be contacted via email at email@example.com or by phone at (212) 998-8647.
Who is the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUGS) for the History Department?
Professor Andrew Sartori is the DUS. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at (212) 998-8679, and in person in KJCC, Rm. 712.
How do I declare a major or minor in history?
If you are a CAS student, you may declare your major by visiting your History advisor and filling out a declaration form. You can find all history forms here.
You do NOT need to take HIST-UA 101 to declare the major or minor.
If your primary school at NYU is not CAS, you will need to meet with your major advisor in your home school and fill out a History declaration form there.
How do I get cleared for registration?
History majors will need to fill out a Major Planning Form (which you can find here) and meet with the History advisor in the department during the pre-registration advising period. Dates will be emailed to majors as scheduled along with full details about the registration process. Clearance on ALBERT can take up to 2 business days to complete, so please plan accordingly.
Students enrolled in order departments are still encouraged to stop by History registration clearance in order to go over their requirements. Students who are abroad may email their registration worksheets to their advisor at email@example.com.
What if my degree progress report does not accurately reflect my completed requirements?
No need to worry, ALBERT sometimes organizes History courses incorrectly. If your report is not accurate, please contact your History advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-998-8647 to correct this.
Do I have to take introductory classes? How can I tell if a course is considered Introductory or Advanced, and what is the difference?
You do NOT have to take any introductory courses. You are only permitted to take up to 3 introductory courses to count toward the major, and 1 introductory course to count towards the minor.
In the history department, advanced courses have course numbers of HIST-UA 100 and above. Introductory courses are course numbers between HIST-UA 1 – 99.
Introductory courses cover broad perspectives of issues or time periods, while advanced courses deal with more specific themes in greater depth.
If a pass/fail a course, can it count towards my major or minor?
No pass/fail courses may be counted toward the history major or minor.
Can a cross-listed course count towards my history major or minor?
Yes, you should register under the HIST-UA course number in order for it to show up automatically under your major/minor. You may contact your History advisor with questions.
History majors may double count up to two cross-listed courses to count toward the History major; but be sure to check the policy of your other major/minor departments.
What is History 101 (HIST-UA 101)?
HIST-UA 101: HISTORICAL INTERPRETATION introduces students to the discipline of history, preparing them to succeed in the more advanced courses that constitute the majority of the History major at NYU. The thematic focus of History 101 varies each semester, drawn from a menu of themes such as Revolutions, Capitalism, Slavery, Warfare, and Empire. Through a combination of faculty lectures and graduate student workshops related to that semester’s theme, students in History 101 learn to pose historical questions, work with primary sources, and analyze and construct historical arguments; they also become familiar with the faculty and offerings of the History Department, while further developing their writing and analytical abilities.
You must have taken HIST-UA 101 in order to take a Capstone Seminar. HIST-UA 101 counts as an advanced course towards the major. All History majors MUST take History 101; minors are NOT required to take it.
What is a Capstone Seminar? When should I take it?
Capstone Seminars (HIST-UA course numbers in the 400 range) represent the culmination of the History major, in which students design, research, and write a substantial paper of 20-25 pages, based when possible upon primary sources. While this course may be taken anytime after students have completed History 101, most students complete their Capstone during their junior or senior year. The faculty awards a $250 prize to the author of the best Capstone paper each year.
Are there pre-requisites for any history courses?
The only History courses with prerequisites are Capstone Seminars; these courses require that you have taken HIST-UA 101 before registering.
Can I petition courses that I took outside of NYU or in another NYU department to count toward my major/minor?
Since the History Department offers and sponsors more than 100 courses per year, in addition to mounting courses at every NYU Global site, students are expected to complete their requirements through courses sponsored by the department. In rare cases, however, students can petition to receive credit towards their major/minor for courses based outside of the department. The two most common such cases are (1) students transferring to NYU from other universities, (2) students who have identified courses in other departments that do not overlap with our department’s offerings – for example, ancient Egyptian history. In these cases, majors may petition up to 2 courses, and minors may petition 1 course, to count toward their History requirements. In order to petition a course, you must complete a Course Petition Form (found here), attach the course syllabus, and return the completed form to the History advisor (Rm 416, KJCC) or email it to email@example.com.
*Please note: Course Petitions through the History department only assess whether a course may be counted towards the history major or minor. It does not guarantee acceptance of credits at NYU. If you are petitioning a course taken outside of NYU, you must first go to CAS Advising (Silver Center, 9th fl.) to petition for the credits to be accepted by the university. Once the non-NYU course appears on your transcript, you can petition for it to count toward your history degree.
Can I count a class I took abroad on a NYU program towards my major?
Yes. If the class was offered under a history (HIST-UA) course number or if it was cross-listed with history, it will automatically count towards your major. All classes taken abroad are considered advanced level classes. If History courses taken aboard do NOT have HIST-UA course numbers, than you may petition up to 2 outside courses to count toward the major.
Do any of my Liberal Studies (LS) classes count towards my major?
If the major was declared September 2010 or later, only two LS courses may be counted toward the major: Social Foundations I and II. Students must take 6 advanced courses so only one more introductory course (below HIST-UA 100) course may be counted toward the major. To read in detail about transitioning from LS, please click here.
- Social Foundations I fulfills the Pre-1800 requirement.
- Social Foundations II fulfills the Introductory European requirement
Can I count AP credit towards my major or minor?
The History department accepts up to 4 credits of AP history (1 AP course) to count towards an introductory course for the major, provided that CAS has accepted the credit. No AP credit will be accepted towards the history minor. If AP credit is used toward the major, that student may only petition or count one other non-History or non-NYU course toward their major (including LS courses).
Can I count MAP/CORE courses, Freshman Honors Seminars, and Collegiate Seminars toward my major?
MAP/CORE classes (MAP-UA or CORE-UA), Freshman Honors Seminars (FRSEM-UA), and Advanced/Collegiate Honors Seminar (AHSEM-UA) can count toward the major/minor ONLY IF the courses are taught by History faculty members. You would NOT need to petition the courses to count toward the major.
Advanced/Collegiate Honors Seminars (AHSEM-UA) are considered advanced level courses. MAP/CORE classes (MAP-UA or CORE-UA), and Freshman Honors Seminars (FRSEM-UA) are considered introductory.
Can I count an Independent Study or Internship toward my major or minor?
Independents studies allow students to dive into a specific topic of study with a History faculty advisor, while history-related internships (e.g. UN agency, an archive, museum, library, philanthropy, a publishing house, or an appropriate television program) give students insight into how history can be used in the professional world. No Internship or Independent Study will be accepted towards the history minor.
History majors interested in receiving academic credit for an independent study or internship should fill out an application and return it to the History advisor. You can find the applications here.