The Undergraduate Program

Columbia Undergraduate History Council


Undergraduate History Council
The Undergraduate History Council (UHC) was founded in 2005 as a group of undergraduate representatives for history majors and concentrators. Since then, UHC’s primary two functions are to organize history-related events throughout the academic year to foster a greater sense of community amongst undergraduate history students, as well as serve as a liaison for students to the Undergraduate Education Committee (UNDED).

UHC is comprised of the Columbia History Association (CHA) and the Columbia Journal of History (CJH), which are separate organizations with different processes for membership and leadership selection. UHC’s Board is comprised of a Chair, Vice Chair, and Treasurer, who oversee CHA programming and directly speak to UNDED, and the two Editors-in-Chief of the Columbia Journal of History (CJH).

Columbia History Association
The Columbia History Association (CHA) is an undergraduate student organization comprised of all history majors, concentrators, and enthusiasts. CHA is always looking to expand its community of passionate history students and encourages its members to be active through attendance and participation at history-related events such as study breaks, professor lunches, trivia nights, museum visits, and panel discussions. Additionally, CHA seeks to support history students through its semesterly mentorship program pairing new history students with upperclass history majors and concentrators to foster community and share advice on course selection, thesis preparation, careers, and a range of other topics. CHA is run by a Chair, Vice Chair, and Treasurer, who work with a board of coordinators managing Outreach and Marketing, Mentorship Initiative, liaison with GS and Transfer student communities.

Columbia Journal of History (CJH)
The Columbia Journal of History (CJH), formerly the Columbia Undergraduate Journal of History, is a publication of the Undergraduate History Council at Columbia University. The Journal was founded to provide opportunities for undergraduate students to contribute their research to the field of history. Our Executive Board reviews student submissions from history departments across the United States and abroad, and selects about 10% of submissions for inclusion in each biannual edition.

How to Join

Columbia History Association (CHA)
CHA is an umbrella organization for all history students and enthusiasts in the Columbia undergraduate community. All declared history majors and concentrators are automatically added to CHA, and any other students who enjoy history are welcome to join. To get involved, contact CHA Chair Mrinalini ( and/or Vice Chair Kay ( to join our newsletter. You can also sign up for our Fall 2023 Peer Mentorship Program at (closes September 29, 2023) and/or check out our website,

Being part of CHA grants you a chance to:

  • Participate in history-related events and opportunities at Columbia and in the New York City area by joining our newsletter;
  • Join our Mentorship Program, pairing new history students with upper-class history majors and concentrators in the Classes of 2024 and 2025
  • Apply to become a part of CHA’s Board
  • Join the Columbia history community, meeting other undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and alumni!

Columbia Journal of History (CJH)
The Columbia Journal of History publishes two formal journals featuring diverse articles during the course of the academic year.  The group is composed of editors and 2 Editors-in-Chief.  Among dozens of submissions from history students worldwide, the CJH selects several pieces to publish through a careful and stringent review process. Editors will gain experience in writing, editing, and formatting a proper journal article, vital skills such as archival fact-checking and citation, and the chance to work closely with top student authors.

This sub-organization has a SEPARATE application and process to join.

The Journal is now accepting student applications for the Editorial Board; the deadline is Monday, September 25th at 11:59 pm. All information regarding editorial positions is present on the application form here. Please reach out to Editors-in-Chief Lucy Brenner, CC’24 ( and Ruya Tazebay, Barnard ’25 ( with any questions.

Read more about CJH on


UHC Board Members

Chair: Mrinalini Sisodia Wadhwa, CC’24 (


Vice Chair: Kay Zou CC’25 (


Treasurer: Janus Yuen, CC’25 (

Editors-in-Chief for CJH: Lucy Brenner, CC’24 ( and Ruya Tazebay, Barnard ’25 (

News and Events

  • Welcome to the incoming Class of 2027, and to new transfer and dual-degree students! We are excited to get to know you and create programming to enhance your time on-campus. To see a full list of upcoming events, visit our website at
  • CHA is launching its Fall 2023 Peer Mentorship program to better support new history students—and to offer upperclass history majors and concentrators a chance to share their advice! If you are interested, register here by Friday, September 29th, 2023 at 11:59PM.
  • Applications for the Editorial Board of the CJH close Monday, September 25th, 2023 at 11:59PM. Apply here.

How to Contact

General Contact/Questions
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Mrinalini Sisodia Wadhwa –
Kay Zou –

CJH Contact/Questions
Lucy Brenner –
Ruya Tazebay –

We welcome your suggestions, comments, questions, and feedback!