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The History Major emphasizes breadth and flexibility, while encouraging students to pursue their individual passions and interests within one of five thematic categories. Questions about the major should be directed to   Eric Zolov  (Director of Undergraduate Studies;


New Major in History

IMPORTANT NOTICE:    The new major is temporarily suspended while the department awaits final approval. We will give you updates on the progress as we receive them. This should not have any significant impact on Spring registration.  If you have any further questions, please contact Prof. Eric Zolov (Director, Undergraduate Studies) for further guidance.


Major in History


The Major in history leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. Completion of the Major entails 39 approved credits (33 credits in history, including WRTD; 6 credits in a related discipline). You can use this worksheet to help guide you to completion of the major. Further questions about the major should be directed to  Eric Zolov  (Director of Undergraduate Studies;, or  Susan Grumet  (Undergraduate Program Advisor; Transfer students should communicate first with   Diane DeSimone  (Academic and Transfer Advising Services;

The application deadlines are July 15 (for the fall semester) and December 1 st (for the spring semester). Application deadlines for summer session are: Summer I, April 15 th, Summer II, May 15 th. All applications must be submitted  online .

I. Coursework in History (33 credits)

Two courses at the 100 level (6 credits)

Four courses in a primary field (12 credits) selected from one of the following: African, Asian,   European,  Latin American,   United States,  Ancient & Medieval, or Global history. Primary fields developed along topical or thematic lines may be selected with approval of the Department's undergraduate director.These primary-field courses must be distributed as follows:

200 level (2 courses)
300 level (2 courses)

Three courses (9 credits) outside the primary field above the 100 level; at least one must be at the 300 or 400 level.

HIS 301 (Reading & Writing in History). This is the required Methods course in which students hone their critical reading, writing, and research skills to prepare them for the 401 seminar. Subject matter will vary depending on the professor. Satisfies ESI. Note: 301 must be taken prior to 401 (may not be taken concurrently).

HIS 401 (Senior Colloquium). This is the capstone research seminar. Subject matter will vary depending on the professor. Satisfies EXP+, SPK, WRTD.

II. Courses in a Related Discipline (6 credits)

Two upper-division courses in a related discipline.
Examples of related disciplines include: Africana Studies (AFS), Anthropology (ANT), Art History and Criticism (ARH), Asian and Asian American Studies (AAS), English (EGL), Globalization Studies & International Relations (GLI), Hispanic Languages & Literature (HLL), Political Science (POL), Sociology (SOC), Women's and Gender Studies (WST).

III. Writing Requirement (WRTD) (HIS 459)

Note: Beginning Fall 2021, students will automatically satisfy WRTD through 401 (Senior seminar).  A grade of C or better on the final paper is required to pass WRTD.