Have questions about selecting a History Major, Joint Honours 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 or Joint Honours, what you need to Major in History, and how to do well in your History classes. Peer Advisors are available from September through April. If you have questions about PATH, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet the 2023-24 PATH team:
My name is Haley Allen (she/her) and I am a fourth year History major. I decided to join the History Department after taking HIST104 with Dr. Steven Maynard and realizing how multifaceted and interdisciplinary the study of History can be! My goal in this role is to support new and incoming History students in any ways that I can, including with course selection and degree requirements. In addition to being a part of PATH, I am also a Campus Tour Guide and Fourth Year Representative on the Concurrent Education Students’ Association. I look forward to meeting and helping you!
Hello everyone! My name is Arianne, and I am a fourth-year History Major at Queen's. I just completed my year abroad at the University of St Andrews, where I studied Early Modern History. In my first year at Queen's, I was almost certain I would be studying life sciences. But after taking HIST 105 as an elective, being fascinated by the content, and knowing my previous love for history in high school, I declared my major in history. All this to say, it is okay to have second thoughts on your degree choice, and we are here to help. I genuinely love discussing and answering questions about the program, which makes me thrilled to be an advisor this year!
My name is Emily Nagy, and I am one of your Peer Advisors with the Department of History for the 2023/2024 year! I am a fourth-year History student, and I am also in the Concurrent Education program at Queen’s. History has always been an interest of mine; at Queen’s, I have had the opportunity to discover and focus my studies on the history of colonial Latin America. History is an incredibly diverse and fascinating field of study, and I am so excited to work alongside many of you this year at Queen’s. I look forward to meeting you all!
My name is Massimo Recupero, my pronouns are he/him, and I’m a Peer Advisor with the Department of History! I am an incoming fourth-year Con-Ed student with a major and primary teachable in History. In addition to peer advising, I oversee Faculty Orientation at Queen’s as the AMS Orientation Roundtable Coordinator. Some of my interests include fashion, music, theatre, and writing! I am so excited to be returning to the PATH this year and look forward to meeting you all!
My name is Patricia (she/her), I’m going into my fourth year in Queen’s History and I’m thrilled to be one of the Peer Advisors this academic year. This Department has offered many opportunities to diversify my degree and expand my passions for public history and historical interpretation. With internships, job offerings, and an extensive course selection, I’m excited to share my experiences and help you navigate this awesome program. This past year, I studied abroad in England and love to talk about internationalizing your degree. Outside class, I love being outdoors, hunkering down with a good book, and jamming to throwback playlists. I am so looking forward to chatting with you all!
Emily Viau (BAH '22)
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. I felt like I was helping every student I talked with and they seemed to really enjoy and benefit from hearing about my experiences as a history student. In this role I was able to improve my communication and leadership skills and being on a team improved my creativity and collaboration skills, all which will be essential for any future career. I am now pursuing a Master's in Cultural Studies here at Queen's, applying what I've learned in my undergrad to another field to further my knowledge and focus my research.
Sarah Lewis (BAH '22)
I completed my degree 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. I am hoping to continue within history by pursing a Master’s Degree.
Rachel Minor (BAH '22)
I chose to become a PATH advisor because I wanted to help first year students have an easier transition to the upper year history program, and to provide them with a lot of information. I enjoyed meeting the different students, the other members of PATH, and working with the faculty members who assist us. My favourite part of my history degree at Queen’s was being able to take a wide variety of courses, the extracurricular learning activities, and how understanding and knowledgeable the professors were in each class. My plans after graduation is to do the Bachelor of Education, and become a high school History teacher.
Kaitlyn Cloutier (BAH 22')
After taking my first history class at Queen's, I knew that I wanted to be a history major. During my fourth year, I made the decision to become more involved with the department and it was such a rewarding experience. The department is so welcoming and made the anxiety around taking on a new role fade away. Being a member of PATH gave me valuable experience that I have taken into my graduate career, if you have the chance to become a peer mentor I could not recommend it enough. I met so many amazing individuals through the program and felt a sense of pride in being able to help first and second year students decide that history was the subject for them. The department offers such a wide range of courses, and I still wish it had been possible to take them all. There is something in the history department for everyone, so if you have the chance to get involved in PATH or become a history major -- take it! You won't regret it.
Michael Romagnuolo (BAH '21)
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.
Kathleen Ferns (BAH '21)
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!
Josh Weisenberg-Vincent (BAH '20)
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.
Spencer Dearborn (BAH Candidate)
Rhianna Grove (BAH Candidate)
Brenden Currie (BAH '23)
Willem Rosenberg (BAH '23)
Bria Crosby (BAH '20)
Michael Ciomyk (BAH '20)
Emma Schwichtenberg (BAH '20)
Grace Armstrong (BAH '19)