Undergraduate Program Information

The major in History consists of twelve courses, at least eleven of which must be completed within the Department of History. Students may include one course from another department in constructing their “Fields of Concentration.”

Individual programs must satisfy both lower- and upper-division requirements. They must also include at least one course devoted entirely to premodern history (to be selected from courses focused on one or more of the following eras: Antiquity, the Classical Period, and the Medieval Period; courses dealing solely with the Early Modern Period do not satisfy this requirement). For courses satisfying the premodern history requirement, please review the current list.

Students may declare the major after completing three courses in the Department of History, including at least two courses in the lower division.

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I wanted to tell you personally (rather than through some structured survey) how much I enjoyed my experience as a history major. I cannot stress enough how awesome the department is and how much I've gained from it as a student. The professors I've had have been some of the smartest and most intellectually engaging people I've ever met. The program is so well run in providing a diverse, challenging, and stimulating academic experience. Taking the 103 and writing a thesis were particularly rewarding, and totally unique experiences to the history major. Comparing my experience to my friends in other majors makes me certain there is no better major on this campus. Maybe I'm biased because I just love history, but I really couldn't be happier with my undergraduate education in the major. I could go on, but I'll spare you the gushing; I'm sure you have plenty of emails to read. So thanks, and keep up the good work!

-History Major '14