Major Requirements

To graduate with a Bachelor's degree with a major in History students must take twelve distinct history courses organized as follows:

For Geographic Concentrators

Two Undergraduate Seminars: One 393 Approaches to History seminar and one 395 research seminar. These may focus on any region, topic, or time period, regardless of concentration.

Six 200- and 300-level courses in your geographic concentration: History of the Americas, English/European history, African/Middle Eastern history, or Asian/Middle Eastern history.

Four additional courses at the 200- and 300-level outside your area of concentration.

For Global History Concentrators

Two Undergraduate Seminars: One 393 "Approaches to History" seminar and one 395 "Research Seminar." These may focus on any region, topic, or time period, regardless of concentration.

History 250-1 and History 250-2 plus two of the following:

  • History 216: Global Asians
  • History 275-1 and -2: History of Western Science and Medicine
  • History 319: US Foreign Relations
  • History 376: Global Environments and World History
  • History 379: Biomedicine and World History

Six additional courses at the 200- and 300-level outside global history, with two each in three geographic areas of concentration or three each in two geographic areas of concentration.

Notes and Restrictions

  1. At least two of the above 200 and 300 level courses must be in fields other than modern European or US history (e.g. courses in European history before 1800 or in African, Asian, Middle Eastern, or Latin American history).
  2. Students may apply only one first-year seminar—101, 102, or 103—toward the major requirements. Otherwise any 200- or 300-level course may be counted toward the major, including seminars numbered 392, 393, 394, 395, and 398.
  3. Students may apply their 393 and 395 required seminars inside or outside their concentration as they see fit so long as they complete twelve distinct history courses.
  4. No AP courses or online courses may be counted toward the history major.
  5. Courses taken abroad may be counted toward the major requirements with approval from a faculty advisor.
  6. The 393 seminar should be taken as soon as possible after declaration of a history major, and should normally precede the 395 seminar.
  7. Students applying to the 398 senior thesis seminar should plan to complete both the 393 and the 395 seminar before the end of their third year.
  8. WCAS does not permit double-counting between the History major and most other majors. The History major itself has no double-counting provision.

Up to Two of the Following may be Counted Toward the History Major

  • African American Studies 212-1, 212-2
  • Classics 211, 212, 321
  • Economics 315, 318, 323-1, 323-2, 324
  • Latina/o Studies 218-0
  • Any other course taught outside the History Department by History faculty (e.g., Asian American Studies 214 or 216, taught by Professor Yuh)