Have questions about selecting a History Major, Medial or Minor degree plan? Talk to a Peer Advisor!
Peer Advisors are upper-year History students who have experienced many of the same things you are experiencing and are trained to answer your questions about how to select a Major, what you need to major in History, and how to do well in your History classes. Peer Advisors are available from September through April. Note: If you are an online student, please contact Arts & Science Online for academic advisement.
Meet our 2021-2022 PATH Team
Hi there, My name is Rachel, and I am going into my fourth year as a Con-Ed student. I am activity involved in intramurals and the Concurrent Education Student Association. Last year, I was part of ASUS mentorship program, I was able to help first year students transition into university and answered any questions that they have. I am looking forward to continuing and providing support and advice to the history students as Queen's.
I am a Queens undergraduate going into my third year. I am majoring in history and plan to declare a minor in political studies. In my first two years, I took history courses that broadened my knowledge of world history. This helped me identify the areas of history that most interest me, specifically, Canada, America, and Indigenous. I take history because of its intersection with every discipline. It also supplements my knowledge of other cultures which is significant in today’s world. History provides a means to identify change and its continuities, both of which affect today’s society. My passion for history is related to its boundless possibilities and opportunities to develop and express ideas and opinions.
I am in the fourth year of my undergrad, majoring in History with my minor in English. The history program at Queen's is exceptional, and has granted me the opportunity to learn so much more than I'd ever imagined. I took HIST124, Canada in the World, as my introduction to the history program at Queen's and it was one of the best decisions I've ever made. The focus of my degree thus far has been in Canadian social and gender history. I joined PATH as I wanted to be more involved in the department and I would love to talk to and learn from future and current history majors (and convince as many people as I can that history is the program for them!)
I am an undergraduate student majoring in History with a Political Studies minor. In first year, I really enjoyed my History courses and decided to major in it. HIST 121 Intellectual Origins and HIST 122 Making of the Modern World were my favourite courses in my first year.
In my third year, I chose to become a PATH advisor because I had an upper year history mentor in my first year and I found it really helpful. I think it is rewarding to be able to offer your knowledge to first year students as well as create a sense of community within History. My favourite part of my History degree was attending seminars and specifically learning about Russian history.
My experience as a History student has been amazing! There are so many options when it comes to courses and I really felt like I was learning about topics I was truly interested in. I absolutely love the seminars offered in upper years. I feel I learn so much more and am more engaged with the course content than in lecture. I enjoyed how rewarding seminars were when contributing to discussion. Because the classes are smaller, I also had the opportunity to build connections with my professors and utilize office hours to improve my papers. I chose to be a PATH advisor because I wanted other students to know how spectacular the history program at Queen's is and wanted to make an impact by helping first year students select their degree plan. Being a PATH advisor is extremely rewarding. After graduation, my plan is to attend teacher's college and teach high school History and French.
Being a PATH advisor afforded me the opportunity to share the experiences and know-how that I gained during my time at Queen's with other History students that sought certain knowledge, tips, and tricks in order to make the most out of their degree. I would recommend all History students to consider joining PATH as it is an incredibly fulfilling position that helps the program flourish. My favourite part of my History degree was being able to hone in on specific historical topics such as the Italian Renaissance. Learning about subject matters that interested me through the combination of large lecture courses and smaller seminars greatly enhanced my reading, writing, and communication skills, a set of skills that will surely serve me well as I pursue a career in law after graduation.
I loved every minute of my History major at Queen's. It was great to be able to take discussion-based seminars on topics that really suited my interests, and to meet other like-minded students. In my third year, I joined the new PATH initiative because I wanted to help students see all the benefits of studying history and to really make the most of their degree. Now that I have graduated, I am taking a year to work and will then be applying for Master of Divinity programs at seminaries!
I was an undergraduate student at Queen’s University from 2016-2020. At the end of my first year, I decided to major in history and minor in sociology. Although I enjoyed lectures, I found that seminars allowed for more creativity with the assignments. My favourite part of my undergraduate degree was writing my HIST 515 undergraduate thesis in my fourth year, where I engaged with debates about slavery and capitalism. During my final year as an undergraduate student, I was an advisor for the inaugural Peer Advising Team in History (PATH) in 2019-2020. I wanted to engage with the history department more in my final year, so I thought that PATH would be a good step towards helping students understand the ins-and-outs of a history degree. Moreover, I thought the premise of the project was great, as I myself would have talked to PATH advisors had it existed when I was a first- or second-year student. Although I only advised a couple students, I was glad they reached out and was happy to help. Currently, I am completing a Master’s Degree in history here at Queen’s, and I hope to continue my studies in history after completing my MA thesis.