History Concentration

The Undergraduate Program in History

History is the study of how societies and cultures across the world change over time. History concentrators learn to write and think critically, and to understand issues from a variety of perspectives. The department offers a wide variety of courses concerned with changes in human experience through time, ranging from classical Greek and Roman civilizations to the histories of Europe, the Americas, and Asia. While some courses explore special topics, others concentrate on the history of a particular country (e.g. Russia or Brazil) or period of time (e.g. Antiquity or the 20th century). By taking advantage of our diverse course offerings, students can engage in and develop broad perspectives on the past and the present.

Student Goals

Students in the History Concentration will:

  • Approach the study of the past from a multicultural perspective
  • Understand the nature of evidence and its relation to different historical methodologies
  • Develop expertise in at least one chronological and geographical field of study
  • Hone their writing abilities
  • Produce a body of original, historical research

Requirements

The History Department (with approval of the College Curriculum Council) has revised its concentration requirements.   The new requirements will be effective on July 1, 2015 and will be applied to the classes of 2015.5 and later.  We are making these revisions in coordination with an overhaul of our course numbering system that will take effect in the fall of 2015.  Some of the changes reflect the impending change in numbers.  Others are more substantive. You can download a detailed explanation of the new requirements here. The changes are summarized in the tables below:

A Summary of Requirements for the Class of 2015.5 and Later

10 courses
2 in the "Premodern" era (P)
2 courses in 3 different geographic regions
Field of focus (minimum of four related courses) 
Capstone seminar (included in the ten)
Honors (optional): three additional courses related to writing a thesis (one can count towards your ten total courses)

A Summary of Requirements for the Class of 2015:

10 courses
3 in the "Premodern" era (P)
3 in the "Modern" era (M)
5 of these ten courses need to be distributed across at least two or more geograhpical areas (outside of your field of focus)
Field of focus (minimum of four related courses) 
Capstone seminar (included in the ten)
Honors (optional): three additional courses related to writing a thesis (one can count towards your ten total courses)

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