Concentration Guidelines and Requirements

Main Concentration

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.

Joint Concentrations

The Department welcomes joint concentrators. History offers five formal joint honors concentrations: in Ancient History (Greek and Roman), East Asian History, Near Eastern History, African or African-American History, and Anthropology and History.  For more information on these tracked joint concentrations in History, please visit this page. The Undergraduate Program can also help you design a personalized joint concentration, which must first be approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies from both departments. Select examples of personalized joint concentrations include, History and History of Art and Architecture; History and Statistics; History and Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality; History Computer Science; History and Math; History and Philosphy; History and Romance Languages and Literatures; History and Germanic Languages and Literatures; etc. The Undergraduate Office can supply you with sample course lists for these personalized joint concentrations. 

Secondary Field

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.