Each major must complete 36 credits in history. These include 12 credits in required courses: HIS 100 or HIS 101, as well as HIS 130 and HIS 131, and History 241W, History as Detection: Workshop. Beyond these requirements, history majors take 24 credits. Majors concentrating in American history take 9 credits in that field beyond the required courses. Majors concentrating in European history or the history of Asia and the Middle East take 12 credits in their fields. In order to guarantee a balanced history education, students take at least 3 credits in each field of concentration and are limited in the number of credits they can apply toward the major from any given field. Finally, all students take a 400-level capstone Senior Seminar, HIS 441W. Some courses overlap geographical regions and may be counted in one of two different fields. Students should consult their advisors at least once per term to make sure they are taking the appropriate courses.
Students of high motivation and interest, who wish to get the most out of their undergraduate study of history or who plan to do graduate work in history, are strongly urged to point themselves toward enrollment in the University Honors program and to consider undertaking a senior thesis. Faculty advisors will help students develop programs of study emphasizing honors courses pertinent to the major and will direct independent studies and honors theses.
The History department encourages majors to consider taking a term abroad sometime during their junior or senior year. The opportunity to study a country’s or region’s history “on site” is invariably a broadening and deepening experience for history majors.