All History concentrators are required to take 10 half-courses; students who wish to write a senior thesis must also enroll in History 99a & 99b, which brings their total requirements to 12 half-courses. See our courses section for profiles of all History courses.
Coursework (10 half-courses)
History 97.Ordinarily taken during the first term in the concentration; may be taken in the junior spring if transferring in from another concentration. See the Tutorials tab on our Spring Courses page.
Two seminars (i.e., a History 13, 60, 70, 80, or 1900-level).
- Ordinarily completed by the end of the junior year.
- Thesis writers must complete one paper with primary source research by the end of junior spring.
Four additional electives within History.
- Normally, only one of these four electives may be in a Related Field.
If pursuing a Senior Thesis: Seminars Hist 99a & Hist 99b in addition to the 10 half-courses.
- Students pursuing the ‘basic,’ or non-honors, program in History are not required to write a Senior Thesis.
Please also note the following information:
Two types of courses count automatically toward History concentration requirements:
- all courses listed under “History” in the course catalog (including cross-listed courses); and
- all courses taught in the General Education, Humanities, and/or Freshman Seminar Programs are by full members of the History Department Faculty.
Students who wish to count any other course toward their concentration requirements must file a petition, which must be approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Normally, students may petition no more than one non-departmental course.
Students may also apply to do an independent study, or History 91r, with a member of the Department; History 91r can be used to fulfill one of the four elective course requirements.
With the exception of Freshman Seminars taught by History faculty (see above), courses taken on a Pass/Fail basis may not be counted for concentration credit.