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Chair: Carolyn Vacca
Phone: (585) 385-8244

History Department Activities and Opportunities

The Honors Major

History majors who maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or greater may apply to become Honors majors. The Honors major completes the regular requirements for the major, choosing either a general major or departmental concentration, and must complete two additional courses. One of the required courses, History 498: Honors in History, is a semester-long research project which results in an essay by the student which he or she must present to the Department and defend successfully.

The Washington Experience—Fisher Semester in Washington

History majors may take advantage of The Washington Experience—a semester in Washington, D.C. More information about The Washington Experience is available in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Special Activities for History Majors

History Club

Students interested in developing friendships and participating in Club activities such as field trips, guest speaker series, and film presentations of historical significance are encouraged to join.

Chapter of the International History Honors Society, Phi Alpha Theta

Qualified students are encouraged to join.

The Pre-Law Association

The Pre-Law Association at Fisher gives students a closer look into a career in law through mock trials and workshops at which law alumni help students to become familiar with the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and with law school applications and admissions procedures.


Many internship opportunities are available to History majors. In recent years, students have interned at Rochester General Hospital, the Monroe County Historian’s Office, George Eastman House, the Rochester Historical Society, the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, and the Monroe County Public Defender’s Office.

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