Pre-2019 Major Requirements
Students Who Declared Before Fall 2019
The department offers courses in seven geographical areas: Africa, Ancient Mediterranean, Asia, Europe, Islamic World, Latin America, and the United States. The program must be planned by the student and adviser to include at least one course at the 200 or 300 level in four of these areas for History majors, or two for History-Environmental Studies majors, at least one course (100, 200, or 300 level) in pre-modern history, and two related courses at the 200 or 300 level within one geographic field. All majors must also take History 299 with a minimum grade of C (2.0), History 401, a 400-level seminar, and a " comparisons and encounters" course at the 200 or 300 level. The 400-level seminar may be taken by a junior who has taken History 299 with consent of instructor. In addition, college requirements, including the major exams, must be completed. More detailed descriptions of each major are provided below.
A minimum of 36 credits in history, including History 299, History 401, at least one 200 or 300 level course in each of four different geographic areas, two 200 or 300 level courses in one geographic area for a field, pre-modern course (100, 200, or 300 level), a " comparisons and encounters" course at the 200 or 300 level, and a 400-level seminar. The 400-level seminar may be taken by a junior who has taken History 299, with consent of instructor. No more than four credits at the 100 level will count toward the major.
No more than eight credits earned in off-campus programs (e.g., I.E.S., the Associated Kyoto Program, University of St. Andrews, American University’s Washington Semester and The Philadelphia Semester) and transfer credit may be used to satisfy history major requirements.
Note: Courses taken P-D-F prior to the declaration of a history major will satisfy course and credit requirements for the major. Courses taken P-D-F may not be used to satisfy course and credit requirements for the major after the major has been declared.
History-Environmental Studies Major
In addition to core environmental studies courses required of all environmental studies majors, a total of 32 credits in History, consisting of 12 credits in methods and research (History 299 with a minimum grade of C (2.0), History 401, and a 400-level seminar in history), 12 credits in two geographical areas, and eight credits of electives. The 12 credits from the geographical areas must include at least one 200- or 300- level course in two of the department’s seven geographical areas, and one additional course from one of those areas. The eight credits in electives must include two courses in History. Only one of these courses may be at the 100-level.
The 32 credits above must also include the following three areas ( note: courses can be applied to multiple requirements):
1) One course at any level meeting the department’s pre-modern requirement.
2) One course at the 200- or 300- level meeting the department’s " comparisons and encounters" requirement.
3) Three Core Environmental History Courses from the department’s offerings in Environmental History, at least one of which must be either History 231Oceans Past and Futureor History 232Changing Landscapes. Other Environmental History courses include History 150 Animal, Vegetable, Mineral; History 205 East Asian Environmental History, History 262 People, Nature, Technology, History 355 Pacific Whaling History. Applicable recent Special Topics courses are History 279 ST: Ecologies and Economies and History 283 ST: Environmental History of Latin America.
Senior year requirements: Take History 401, and successfully complete a senior oral examination in Environmental Studies (in addition to the senior assessment in History, which consists of an oral examination and a written field exam). Honors Candidates in History will take History 498 for three credits and Environmental Studies 498 for one credit.
A minimum of 19 credits in history from at least two geographical areas; 16 of these credits must be chosen from among courses above the 100 level. History 299 and 401 are recommended but not required. No more than four credits earned in off-campus programs (e.g., I.E.S., the Kyoto Program, Manchester University, St. Andrew’s University, the Washington and Urban semesters) and transfer credit may be used to satisfy history minor requirements.
Last updated August 2019.