The Department of History

College of Arts & Sciences

Declaring a Major


Stating a history interest during the application and orientation processes at UT is a good first step, but to declare a history major officially, you must first earn a C or higher in ANY TWO of the following history courses: 221, 222, 227, 228, 241, 242, 247, 248, 261, or 262. A sequence is not necessary to declare. All Advanced Placement (AP) with a credit score of 4 or 5 is acceptable to fulfill these progression requirements.

To declare, you will need to make an appointment with Sarah Cook, Advising Specialist for the History Department. To do so, simply log on to your MyUTK account and click the “GradesFirst” link found in the advising section of your home page. Once in the “GradesFirst” system, click the “Appointments for Advising or Other Academic Help” button and follow the prompts from there.  You will need to select the “Change of Major to History” option.  Please bring along to your appointment a completed copy of the History Major Declaration Form. An official transcript is not necessary.

Upon declaring your major, you will be assigned an advisor in the department. You may set up appointments with your history advisor via e-mail during fall and spring semesters, whether you wish to discuss your program of study in history or if you need to be cleared for semester registration. Please note that you should no longer go to the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Center to be advised. Only your faculty advisor (or on some occasions, another staff or faculty member within the History Department) can clear your advising hold once you declare the major.

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