History Major

Additional Information on the History Department

A history major ordinarily consists of a total of 30 credits distributed among three fields of history as follows: a minimum of four courses in the first field, three courses in the second field, and two courses in the third field. The approved fields are as follows: Ancient and Medieval Europe, Asia, The Middle East/North Africa, Africa, Modern Europe, United States, and Latin America and Caribbean. No more than four courses numbered 199 and below (and no more than two in one field) may be selected. A minimum of three courses numbered 400 and above including the capstone are required, with at least one of these being in the first field. As capstone, all history majors must complete either a 600-level seminar or a senior honors thesis in history during their senior year. In addition, two alternative tracks in Mediterranean World and Atlantic World are also offered. See Mediterranean World and Atlantic World in area listings for detailed course requirements.


Mediterranean World

This track requires a six-course concentration with eligible courses to be drawn from the list below. Among the six courses, two must be numbered 400 or above; there must be at least one course each from Ancient/Medieval Europe, Modern Europe, and Middle East/North Africa; and no more than three courses may be in any one area.


Students majoring in this field may offer only one of the following lecture courses:

Students choosing this track will also be required to offer a second field of three courses and one additional history course as defined above under Major requirements.

Atlantic World

This track requires seven courses for the concentration; a traditionally defined second field of three courses is required to complete the major. Within the Atlantic World track, the eligible courses are listed below. The concentration must include: at least two courses numbered 400 or above, at least three courses in one topical field (see below), and two courses in a second topical field. Each of these topical fields must include courses from at least two geographical areas (HISB, HISE, HISL, HISU) and at least three geographical areas must be represented in the concentration as a whole.


Topical Fields

Topical Field A: Slavery and Emancipation

Topical Field B: Atlantic Empires

Topical Field C: Social and Economic Structure

Other Applicable Courses

These courses may be applied toward the geographical area requirement or toward the three-course requirement from the traditionally defined second field.