Requirements for the Major
The Department of History is organized into 10 fields of study. For the purposes of the undergraduate major, these fields are divided into two categories, reflecting a Western or non-Western orientation.
- History of Science
- Modern Western Europe
- Russia/Eastern Europe
- United States
- East Asia
- Latin America
- Middle East
- Native America
The minimum requirement for a major in history consists of 30 credit hours representing both Categories I and II, as follows:
- HIST 301 The Historian's Craft
- Five courses (15 hours) in either Category I or Category II
- Three courses (9 hours) from the other Category
- HIST 696 Seminar
- 24 hours numbered 300-699 (i.e., no more than 2 courses numbered 100-299)
Exceptions to any of the above requirements must be by petition to the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Only two courses are required for all majors: History 301 (Historical Methods), ideally taken as soon as the student decides to major in history, and must be taken before a student can register for the other required course, History 696 (Senior Research Seminar). HIST 696 is normally taken during the senior year. Students with at least a 3.5 grade-point average in history and a 3.25 cumulative grade-point average may also apply to complete a 2-semester Honors Thesis class (HIST 498 and HIST 490) instead of HIST 696. We urge every major to work closely with an advisor to develop a coherent course of study that reflects his or her intellectual interests.
You may construct your own special field of concentration outside of the fields listed above in consultation with a major adviser. Such special fields may be topical - for example, in women's history or military history - or they may be chronological. You should consult with a departmental major adviser to construct an integrated and coherent program of study.