Major in History

Required: 10 History Courses

At least seven courses taken for the major must be at the 200 level or above. The 10 courses may include courses cross-listed as history courses regardless of the department through which the student enrolls. Individual courses can fulfill two or more requirements.

  • 1 Gateway Seminar in the topic of your choice
  • These courses (HISTORY150-199) are identified as gateways, and are usually taken by the end of the sophomore year.
  • 3 Courses from an Area of History
  • Select one course each from ANY THREE of the five geographic areas.
  • At least 4 Courses from a Thematic or Geographic Concentration
  • Select at least four courses in your chosen field of concentration. You may propose other thematic areas and seek approval from the director of undergraduate studies and your departmental advisor. One introductory course (0-149, 190A, 190FCS) may count toward your concentration. Concentration courses may also be counted towards the Area of History requirements (see above).
  • At least 2 Pre-Modern Courses
  • Select at least two courses that focus substantially on eras before 1800. 
  • At least 1 Senior Capstone Seminar
  • Select at least one senior research seminar (HISTORY 450S-499S; specifically coded CAPSTONE SEMINAR or CAP SEM. Courses without the CAP SEM designation DO NOT count toward the Capstone Requirement). This seminar is usually taken in the junior or senior year but may also be open to sophomores. A 500-600 level course may be substituted for the capstone seminar if approved by the director of undergraduate studies and the course instructor. The senior thesis seminar (HISTORY 495S/496S) substitutes for the capstone seminar for those students enrolled. Independent study courses 393 or 394 may not substitute for either the gateway or the capstone seminar requirement.

Additional Information

Advanced Placement: One (1) Advanced Placement course (with a score of 4 or 5) in any field of history may count as one of the ten required courses for the history major. This AP credit does not count towards meeting the Area of History, Pre-Modern, or Concentration requirements for the major. Effective Fall 2017: AP courses will not count toward the major for students matriculating after Fall 2017.

Foreign Languages: Majors interested in a particular area of study benefit from knowledge of the language of that area. Students who contemplate graduate work are reminded that a reading knowledge of one or more foreign languages is required.

Majors Planning to Teach: Majors who plan to teach in secondary schools should consult an advisor in education and consider a Minor in Education. Rising juniors who intend to practice-teach in the senior year should consider taking the senior capstone seminar as juniors.