Activities for Majors

OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM: The History Department is very interested in supporting group initiatives to bring majors together - if you have a suggestion for a new event, please tell us!

Some frequently asked questions:

What is the first History Department Event of the year?  The Fall Term Welcome Back Everyone Reception. Includes delicious refreshments and everyone is welcome.

When is the History Department Picnic?  It is usually the third Tuesday in May, on the Leighton lawn and 2nd floor Leighton. The department sends all History majors and faculty a picnic sign-up invitation to order your favorite Hogan Brothers' hoagie Spring term. 

Are there any other special annual events with refreshments or lunches?

  • Yes, we have the History Majors' Career Prep Workshop & Luncheon in January. The Program Director of Recruiting from the Career Center leads this workshop and explains how to transform the skills and experiences you collect as a History major into building blocks for resumes and useful talking points during job interviews. Common Time event - free lunch provided!
  • Yes, every January or February, our Edward H. "Ted" Mullin Prize winners present their project findings. 
  • We have a Sophomore Interest meeting every winter. For the past three years the SDAs provided a Tamale Party for ALL History majors in ALL class years, to introduce sophomores interested in majoring in History to our department.
  • Please see our Events Calendar for complete details about additional History department activities.

Are there any special events just for Seniors? 

  • Yes! For the last four years, on the first or second day of winter term (January), the History Chair has hosted an exclusive Senior History Majors' dinner and Chat with the Chair.
  • Also, since 2003, usually the fourth Tuesday in May, our History Department Faculty Members have hosted a Senior History Majors Elegant Cocktail Party Hour, which now also includes a Special Toast to our department award winners, SDAs, and DCC members. Details and Cocktail Party etiquette are included with your invitations.

What about a Department T-Shirt?  T-shirts & other department memorabilia are usually organized by one single enthusiastic History major or several majors who want one. Past History majors have created designs, planned, ordered, collected, & distributed department t-shirts, glasses and mugs. The History office is happy to forward your initiatives to majors and faculty and to serve as the pick-up location. Discuss any time with our SDAs and/or Nikki!

Do we have any History Department Intramural Teams?  Past majors have organized and captained History Department Intermural Broom Ball, Frisbee, and Bicycling teams. The History department office is happy to announce, publicize, post sign-up sheets, send e-mail reminders about games, and support as best as it can the team you organize, and will do all it can to help you if you choose to be a team captain or team leader.

Do we have any History Department social outings for majors?  Past majors have suggested and arranged fun outings for History majors - bowling night (department provided college vans and pizza), bicycle outings, sledding/traying events on Evans Hill. Other fun outings: History Majors Hike in the Arb, a field trip to Nerstrand Big Woods, a History majors & faculty field trip to the Minnesota Historical Society, the Rice County Historical Society, the Northfield Historical Society, a group bicycle trip to the Dundas Mill, and we've even had a majors' bus trip to a St. Paul Saints game! If you have any suggestions for a majors' outing, please talk to the History SDAs and/or talk to Nikki.

Can I check out films from the David Parks Collection?  The History department David Parks Collection of DVDs and VHS tapes that can be checked out or be used for projects and presentations. Contact Nikki if you'd like to check out any materials.

History Book Exchange. In the past the department had extra shelves available for the exchange of books related to History courses. Reassigned space needs have made this impossible to maintain. But the Department would be happy to facilitate alternative events/approaches that would allow students to share, sell, or exchange textbooks relevant to History with others at Carleton. If you are interested, please contact Bill North or Nikki to discuss your ideas.

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