Major/Minor

Major

The major in History is flexible, allowing students to design a course of study that fits their interests and builds upon work in other disciplines. The major consists of 10 courses (11 courses for those entering in 2015-16 and beyond), which are divided into two parts: General Coursework and Independent Study.

General Coursework (7 courses)

  • Three History courses at any level
  • Four History courses at the 200-level or above
  • Among these seven courses:
    - Pre-1800 Perspectives Requirement. A minimum of one course in history before 1800
    - Global Perspectives Requirement. A minimum of one course in the history of a society outside the U.S. and Europe
  • (The Craft of History Requirement: HIST 201xx required as an eighth course for all students entering in 2015-16 and beyond)

(A full listing of the courses that satisfy these requirements is in the Catalogue)

Independent Study (3 courses)

  • History 401: Junior Independent Study
  • History 451 and History 452: Senior Independent Study

Minor

The minor in History requires six courses. These include:

  • Two History courses at any level
  • Four History courses at the 200-level or above
  • Among these six courses:
    - Pre-1800 Perspectives Requirement. A minimum of one course in history before 1800
    - Global Perspectives Requirement. A minimum of one course in the history of a society outside the U.S. and Europe
  • (The Craft of History Requirement: HIST 201xx required as one of the six courses for all students entering in 2015-16 and beyond)

(A full listing of the courses that satisfy these requirements is in the Catalogue)

Double Major

Many of our students are double majors, combining their interest in history with work in languages, literature, science, anthropology, economics, urban studies, and more. As a double major, you are required to complete all of the requirements for both majors, with the exception that, subject to the approval of both departments, a joint Senior I.S. project may be done on a topic that incorporates materials and approaches from both disciplines and fulfills the requirements of both departments. As a double major, you must do Junior Independent Study in both departments.

Special Notes

  • Majors and minors are strongly encouraged to complete The Craft of History (HIST 201xx) in their sophomore year, after they’ve taken a first course in history at the College.
  • Majors and minors may not count the same course toward the Pre-1800 Perspectives requirement and the Global Perspectives requirement.
  • Pre-1800 Perspectives Requirement: The following courses count toward the Pre-1800 Perspectives requirement: Some sections of HIST 101xx (sections that are pre-1800 in their focus), 10600, 11000, 20400, 20500, 20600, 20700, 21200, 21400, 21500, 23000, 23100, 23400, 24000, 24400, some sections of HIST 275xx (sections that are pre-1800 in their focus), some sections of HIST 301xx (sections that are pre-1800 in their focus).
  • Global Perspectives Requirement: The following courses count toward the Global Perspectives requirement: some sections of HIST 101xx (sections that are non-U.S., non-European, global, or comparative in their focus), 10800, 21500, 21600, 22700, 22800, 23100, 23200, 23400, 23500, 23600, 23700, 24000, some sections of HIST 275xx (sections that are non-U.S., non-European, global, or comparative in their focus), some sections of HIST 301xx (sections that are non-U.S., non-European, global, or comparative in their focus).