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.


History majors and minors are required to consult with our History-dedicated advisor at least once a year. 

The Department of History has a new full-time advisor, Albert Hernandez, for History majors and minors, whose office is 809 UH. He is available to advise students on matters pertaining to major requirements, course selection, and related questions. To make an appointment, please call (312) 996-3366 (the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Academic Advising Center) or email him at:

BAT majors should consult Julie Peters, Associate Director of the BAT Program at

Contact Information

Prof. Laura Hostetler
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Office hours by appointment, please email at

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