The Undergraduate Program
History majors at UIC enjoy a small-school experience in a large, urban, research university. With only a few exceptions, all of our undergraduate courses are taught by UIC faculty. Large introductory courses almost always include a smaller weekly discussion component led by teaching assistants. Advanced courses for majors can be as small as 10 – 12 students.
At the same time, our undergraduates have the freedom to explore a variety of interests while remaining grounded in the mainstream of the discipline. Majors are actively involved in creating their own regional, chronological, or thematic concentration in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Majors are required to take 33 hours in history, distributed among introductory and upper level courses. The two required courses History 300 and Hist 440 (starting Fall 2014) are structured to train students in historical methodology and writing in the discipline (see the complete major requirements in the UIC Undergraduate Catalogue and the four-year model). We also offer a Bachelor of Arts in Teaching (BAT) for those interested in teaching history at the secondary-school level.
The Director of Undergraduate Studies is Professor Laura Hostetler.