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, 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

(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

History majors are strongly encouraged to complete History 201: The Craft of History.

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

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

Minors are strongly encouraged to complete History 201: The Craft of History.

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.