Beth Wenger class at Kislak Center

The History Major is one of the largest on the Penn campus. Majors may choose to concentrate by regional or thematic area, or follow a general curriculum. The Department encourages history majors to study abroad, and supports research with both funding and awards. The Honors Program offers a challenging opportunity to plan and conduct a major research project. Penn students may also choose a Minor in History, or a Minor in Legal Studies and History.

Prospective Students

The History Department welcomes prospective undergraduates to visit or write to us. Please contact Dr. Yvonne Fabella, the Undergraduate Coordinator, with any questions regarding The History Major at Penn. If you are on campus feel free to visit Dr. Yvonne Fabella or Professor Ramya Sreenivasan, the Undergraduate Chair, by scheduling an appointment


The Undergraduate History Advisor welcomes all Penn undergraduates with questions about planning a degree in History.

History in the College Curriculum

The College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum and Requirements bring many Penn students to History courses, whatever their major. Find History courses that fulfill selected college requirements for students in the:

Sector Requirements

  • Sector I: Society
  • Sector II: History and Tradition
  • Sector IV: Humanities and Social Science

Foundational Approaches

  • Cross Cultural Analysis
  • Cultural Diversity in the U.S.

Credit for History Courses Completed at Other Institutions

Study Abroad - Penn students may seek Penn credit for history courses taken while participating in a study abroad program.

Credit Away - Penn students may seek Penn credit for history courses taken at a different institution while matriculated as a Penn student.

Transfer Students may seek Penn credit for history courses taken at their previous institution.

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