With its emphasis on critical reading skills, the evaluation of evidence, and colorful, persuasive writing, the History concentration offers an ideal preparation for professional, business, and scholarly careers. Searching for evidence, exploring patterns within large collections of data, interpreting these patterns and then communicating these interpretations to others—these skills are crucial to many professions, and they are at the core of the History Department's undergraduate concentration.
The History Department allows students to pursue joint concentrations with Departments that have small language programs, if students’ interests are primarily historical in character. The Department offers three specific joint honors concentrations in Ancient History (Greek and Roman), East Asian History, and Near Eastern History that require four half-courses of language study. Students may also pursue joint concentrations with other small language departments upon consultation with the DUS in History and in the other department.
The secondary field offers an opportunity to study a particular historical interest or to explore a range of eras, regions, and themes. Some students may prefer to structure their secondary field around a particular geographical region and/or time period, such as the colonial United States. Alternatively, some students may choose instead to examine a theme, such as religion, comparatively by choosing courses on that theme from a number of different geographical and/or temporal contexts.