Do I Get Credit for the Advanced Placement History Course I Took in High School?

A student obtaining a score of 5 in an Advanced Placement Examination in History will automatically receive two course credits, and a student scoring 4 will receive one course credit in History. A student can receive no more than three course credits from AP exams.

What Course Should I Take to Find Out If I Like History?

The short answer: any course that interests you. Very few of our courses have prerequisites, although you will certainly find the 200 and 300-level courses more challenging than the introductory surveys and topics courses.

Students are often introduced to the History major through History 101: Introduction to Historical Study, which focuses on a selected problem in order to demonstrate techniques of historical research, criticism of sources, and awareness of differing interpretations. Some of the topics taught in recent years include: Western Travelers to China, Hitler and the Nazi State, The Sixties, Slavery in the Americas, the Civil Rights Movement, and Crime & Punishment in Historical Perspective.

As a History Major, How Easy Is It To Study Abroad?

We encourage all students to pursue a semester or a year of off-campus study. In the past, History students have attended programs where they can see a wider world for themselves and observe the way in which the past shapes the present in places such as Rio de Janeiro, Prague, Nairobi, Tokyo, Barcelona, and Galway.

If you are planning to study off-campus, please consult with your adviser and the Office of Off-Campus Study. Together, they can help you to identify programs and courses that match your interests and needs. You will need to plan ahead. Applications for off-campus study are due by March 1 of the year before you study off-campus. For more information, see the Off-Campus Study website.

One important consideration: Junior Independent Study should normally be completed at Wooster. It serves, in important ways, as preparation for the Senior Independent Study.

What If I Want to Double Major?

Many of our students are double majors, combining their interest in history with work in languages, literature, anthropology, economics, urban studies or 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 complete Junior I.S. in both departments. See the Catalogue for further details.

What Other Majors Include An Important Component of History?

The Department of History contributes courses to many programs on campus, such as Africana Studies, Archaeology, Urban Studies, and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies. It participates directly in the interdisciplinary program in International Relations. As a student in International Relations, you may make History your home department if you are interested in doing coursework in History and writing a Senior I.S. that draws extensively on historical methods.

I'm Interested in Teaching History in High School After College.
What Should I Do?

Many of our students complete some kind of teacher certification along with the History Major, through the Teacher Education Program in the Department of Education.

Note: there are many requirements for certification. Students interested in teacher certification should consult with a faculty member in the Department of Education as early as possible in their college career.

I'm Interested in Law School. What Should I Do To Prepare?

History majors have gone on to many of the nation's premier law schools. See the suggestions on the Pre-Law web page and talk to one of the Pre-Law Advisors.

I Love History, But I'm Planning On Going to Medical School? What Can I Do?

The History Major will not, in itself, prepare you for medical school, but it is excellent training for future doctors. And medical schools are especially interested in applicants who can think outside of the sciences. History majors have higher rates of acceptance to medical school than Chemistry majors. If you are planning on a career in medicine, look to the Pre-Health web page and talk to a Pre-Health Advisor soon.