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History

Program of Study

The program in history acquaints students with the nature of historical inquiry and the antiquity and variety of human experience. Instead of relying on factual narratives, the program focuses on the analysis of primary sources, understanding history as a contested field of interpretations, and the skills of producing histories. The program prepares students to enter careers and graduate study in a variety of fields, including teaching and research, education, museums and historical restoration, library work, journalism, business, law, and public service.

The Major in History

The history major consists of 10 course units. Ordinarily students complete:

  • Three 100-level courses, one dealing with Europe; one with the United States; and a third with an area outside Europe or the United States.
  • Four 200-level courses, one of which must be History 270: Historical Methods and Interpretations and History 288: Internship in History.
  • Three 300-level courses, one of which must be History 371: Senior Seminar. Only one of the courses numbered 381-388 may be used to satisfy the major requirements.

The Minor in History

The history minor consists of HIST 270: “Historical Methods and Interpretations” and four other courses to be elected from among at least two of the three major areas in the department curriculum (Europe, U.S., outside U.S. and Europe).


The Major in Historical Studies

The Historical Studies major is for students who plan to teach social studies in the secondary schools. It consists of 8 courses:

  • three 100-level courses, one dealing with Europe, one with the U.S., and a third with an area outside Europe or the U.S.
  • three 200-level courses, one of which must be HIST 270: “Historical Methods and Interpretations.”
  • two 300-level course, one of which must be HIST 371: Senior Seminar. Only one of the courses numbered 381-388 may be used to satisfy the major requirements.