Majors must take a minimum of 10 courses and may take a maximum of 14 courses. Advanced Placement credits do not count toward that total.

First-year students interested in majoring in history are encouraged to take Montserrat courses taught by members of the department. A sequence of two such Montserrat courses counts as one course toward the history major. First-year students are also encouraged to enroll in 100-level history courses. Students should take at least one college-level history course prior to enrolling in HIST 200, The Historian’s Craft, which is ordinarily taken in the second year.

History majors must complete the following requirements:

  • At least five courses for the major must be numbered 201 or higher, including two courses numbered 300 or higher.
  • All majors are required to take The Historian’s Craft (HIST 200.) This course is normally taken in the sophomore year, after the student has completed at least one college-level history course; no seniors will be admitted to it. Historian’s Craft is a prerequisite for all advanced courses at the 300 or 400 level. Non-majors without Historian’s Craft must receive permission from the instructor to enroll in advanced courses.
  • All majors must take at least two Pre-Modern/Pre-Industrial courses (PDF).
  • Global Themes: All majors must select one of the following six themes as a field of concentration within the major:
    • Colonialism and Empire 
    • Gender in Public and Private Life 
    • Race and Ethnicity 
    • Knowledge and Belief
    • Resistance, Revolution and Reaction 
    • War and Memory 

With the assistance of a faculty advisor in the department, each student submits a rationale and a course plan during the fall semester of the junior year (PDF). The course plan must include four courses that can be clustered within the chosen theme. One of these four courses may be at the 100 level; one of these four must be at the 300 or 400 level. The theme must incorporate more than one geographic area. The Historian’s Craft course cannot be included in one’s Global Themes.

  • All majors must complete a Capstone Project. This project must be completed during the senior year, in the student’s Global Themes, within a 300- or 400- level course. The Capstone Project is a summative research project of significant length. The specific nature of the Capstone Project is at the discretion of the instructor of the course.
  • Fourth-year majors will not be admitted to 100-level courses, except with special permission from the department chair.
  • Transfer students and students who study away may receive credit toward the major for up to four history courses if they are away for a year or up to two history courses if they are away for a semester. Courses taken elsewhere must be approved by the history department for credit toward the major.

Advanced Placement Credit

As described above, students with AP credit in history earn placement in the history curriculum but AP credit does not count toward the number of courses required for the major. Students in the Class of 2018 with Advanced Placement scores of 4 or 5 in History may qualify to enroll in 200-level courses during their first year.

The Department of History offers the opportunity for fourth-year students to be nominated for the History Honors Program. Students aspiring to graduate with Honors in History are required to take a minimum of two advanced courses (at the 300 or 400 level) — one of which must be a 400-level seminar — and, in addition, to work closely with a member of the history faculty on a research thesis during their senior year. The program offers the intellectual rewards of independent research and original writing, and provides recognition for outstanding achievement by students in the major.

Pre-Modern/Pre-industrial History Courses

HIST 101-Travel Writing in Africa

HIST 101- Original Peoples of the Americas

HIST 101- Early American History

MONT 101N-Health and Sickness

MONT 102G-Pirates to Patriots

HIST 103- Perspectives on Asia I: “Traditional East Asia”

HIST 106- Origins of Japanese Culture

HIST 109- Ancient Near East and Greece

HIST 110- Rome: Republic and Empire

HIST 111- Rise of the Christian West to AD1000

HIST 112- Emerging Europe 1000-1500

HIST 113- Europe: Renaissance to Napoleon 1500-1815

HIST 124- Religion & Society

HIST 126- Colonial Societies of Latin America

HIST 137- American Slavery, American Freedom

HIST 196- African Colonial Lives

HIST 197- Early Africa to 1800

HIST 199- America’s Colony

HIST 199-Outsiders in Pre-modern Europe

HIST 199-Religion and Science

HIST 201- Colonial America

HIST 210- Early American Lives

HIST 231- Medieval England to 1216

HIST 232- Medieval Lives

HIST 233- Medieval France: War and Chivalry

HIST 234- Medieval Spain

HIST 236- Renaissance Europe

HIST 237- The Reformation

HIST 239- Louis XIV’s France 1560-1715

HIST 245- Imperial Russia: Between East and West

HIST 251- Colonial Ireland and India

HIST 271- American Indian History I: The Indian’s New World

HIST 275- U.S.-Mexico Border

HIST 277- Afro-Latin America

HIST 281- Imperial China

HIST 293- Ottoman Empire I

HIST 299- Renaissance Italy

HIST 299- Revolutionary America

HIST 299-Muslim Africa

HIST 299-Europe’s First Global Age

HIST 299-Science & Religion in Western World

HIST 299-Great Revolutions of Latin America

HIST 299- Warriors, Priests, and Outcastes

HIST 299- Blacks in Latin America and Caribbean

HIST 299 – Religion in America

HIST 299- Hamilton’s America

HIST 299- Global History 1 to 1600

HIST 305- America’s First Global Age

HIST 317- Pain & Suffering: US History

HIST 320-Crafted by War: England 1216-1485

HIST 352- Rebels and Radical Thinkers

HIST 399- Joan of Arc & Medieval Warfare

HIST 401 Popular Culture in Latin America

HIST 401-Islam and Science

HIST 401 Early American Fam, Trade&Empire

HIST 401 Historical Fiction w/Footnotes