General Distribution Requirement
All history courses count toward the general distribution requirement in humanities. Topics courses that are taught by faculty in other departments but are cross-listed with History fulfill the general distribution requirement selected by that department.
General Education Requirements
Courses that meet the general education requirements in writing, quantitative thinking, internationalism and U.S. identities and differences will be posted on the Registrar's web page in advance of registration for each semester.
Additional information regarding the general distribution requirement and the general education requirements can be found in the graduation requirements section of this catalog.
The history department participates in the honors program. Students working on honors projects must take HIST 490 in the fall of their senior year and can undertake an independent study under the supervision of their honors thesis advisor the following spring. Eligibility requirements, application procedures and specific project expectations for the department are available from either the department office or the Academic Programs and Advising Office.
Topics courses are occasional, often experimental courses, offered by instructors at their own initiative or in response to student requests. Recent topics courses include: Great Lakes American Indian Histories; Making History: Russian Cinema as Testimony, Propaganda and Art; From Telenovelas to Tacos: Popular Culture in Mexican History; The Victorian Empire: 1830s to 1910; Monks, Lords, War & Pestilence: Europe 950-1350; Ethics of Service; Indigenous Peoples and Museums; Modern German History, 1871-Present; History of Feminisms; US in the 1930s; France & Germany: Neighbors, Nations and Citizenship; French Revolution to European Integration; Medieval Travelers & Their Accounts; Transnational Latin Americas
The department offers independent study options in the form of tutorials, independent projects, internships, and preceptorships. For more information contact the department and review the Curriculum section of the catalog.
Courses numbered 100-199 are introductory in nature. They are introductions both to the study of history and to the history of a particular part of the world. As introductions to the study of history, they all aim at teaching students to think historically and to understand that human activity must be understood in the context of a specific time and place. In addition they contain a number of "skills" components, though, in keeping with the nature of history as a time and placelinked discipline, those "skills" are taught in the context of a particular history rather than as abstract theory. 100-level courses will include attention to understanding the distinction between primary and secondary sources, examining and evaluating evidence, formulating an argument, analyzing competing arguments, and understanding the nature of history as it is constructed by historians. Courses numbered 200-299 are intermediate in nature and are driven by specific content. Some are surveys of a relatively broad period; others may examine a narrower topic. 200-level courses are appropriate to majors and non-majors alike, and may be taken by students of any class-standing though the bulk of students enrolled in these classes will probably be sophomores and juniors. Courses numbered 300-399 are aimed at history majors and minors, though they may also enroll other students who have an interest. They are generally narrower in focus than 200-level courses and many will involve some degree of independent research. History 379, The Study of History, which is a required course for majors also is designated a 300-level course. Courses 400-649 are advanced seminars and independent projects ordinarily taken by seniors.
A history major is planned in consultation with a student's advisor and comprises no fewer than 40 history credits. These credits may include up to four internship credits (HIST 624) if approved by a history department member, and four independent study credits (HIST 614) carried out under the supervision of a member of the department. Preceptorship in history credits (HIST 634) may not be counted among the first 40 credits for the major but may be a supplement to them. Courses completed for college credit prior to matriculation at a collegiate level institution, such as Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses, may not be used in completion of a major. Except with consent of the department, the major will include no more than eight introductory level course credits and no more than eight history credits taught by faculty outside the department.
All history majors are required to take:
- HIST 290 - History: Then and Now, which examines the different approaches and analytical frameworks of historical scholarship. Prospective majors are strongly encouraged to take this course during their sophomore year.
- At least 4 credits in a history course at the 300-level, ideally before taking HIST 490 - Senior Seminar.
- HIST 490, taken in the fall of the senior year, is an advanced study seminar in which a major research paper is written. The college senior capstone requirement is to be met by completion of HIST 490.
- All history majors complete 16 credits in a thematic or geographic field selected in consultation with the advisor.
- 4 credits in courses that deal primarily with the history of a period prior to 1800,
- 4 credits in courses that deal primarily with the period since 1800,
- 8 credits in courses in global comparative history.
- A single course may simultaneously fulfill a chronological requirement, a thematic requirement, and a global/comparative history requirement.
A minor in history consists of twenty-four credits chosen with the assistance of the student’s departmental advisor. Not more than twelve of these may be introductory level courses and not more than four of them taught by non-departmental faculty.