Student Advisory Council

History Department Student Advisory Council

The Student Advisory Council was established in the spring of 2016. Its purpose is to provide the History Department Faculty with systematic and timely student perspectives on all facets of its work at the College.  

The Student Advisory Council provides the History Department with regular advice on matters of:

  1. curriculum, including major and minor requirements, honors, research funding and internships;
  2. educational programming, such as speakers series, film series and other co-curricular programming;
  3. social programming, such as student-faculty dinners, end of semester celebrations, commencement socials;
  4. recruitment of majors and minors, the broader "marketing" of Department course offerings, orientation of prospective students and incoming first years, and alumnae outreach. 
  5. any other matters that the Council, representing the Department's student constituency, sees fit to bring to the attention of the Departmental Committee (tenured and tenure-track faculty members).

The Advisory Council may also be asked to participate in the process of new faculty hiring should the need arise. The Council serves as a liaison between the Department and its student constituency. It is not expected to sponsor its own activities as a club, nor does it substitute for a student club focused on history.


The Student Advisory Council is elected annually by a general meeting of the Department's majors (including IR-History) and minors. The Council consists of 5 members prepared to represent the broad concerns and perspectives of the History Department's student constituencies. Candidates are nominated at the first general meeting of majors and minors of the academic year. Majors and minors should vote for five candidates and send their selections to the History Department's academic administrator by email. The five candidates receiving the largest number of votes are elected.


The Student Advisory Council should meet at least twice a semester and call at least one general meeting of majors and minors each semester. Lunches for meetings are funded by the department. Council members are asked by the chair or the Departmental Committee as a whole, to represent, to the best of their ability, the perspectives of students on the matters outlined above.