Requirements for the Major
All majors are expected to complete satisfactorily at least nine semester courses in history from among the HIST and cross-listed offerings. No course grade below a C will be given credit toward the major requirement of nine courses.
Of these nine courses, at least one must be in U.S., another in European, and another in non-Western history. Courses approved for the non-Western distribution requirement in history also typically fulfill the University non-Western requirement. Additionally, at least one course, normally taken in the sophomore or junior year, must require independent written research work totaling 12 or more pages in length.
Students may double-count a single course toward the area, and the research paper requirements as long as it meets both of them.
Transfer students and those taking a year's study abroad may offer up to four semester courses taught elsewhere. To apply such transfer courses to the History major, a student must obtain the approval of the department advising head.
In addition, History offers a variety of independent study options, where a student's work is guided, in tutorial fashion, by a particular faculty member. HIST 98a and 98b (Readings in History) may be taken by students on a subject of particular interest to them that is not covered in the regular curriculum or as a supplement to work on the Senior Honors Thesis. One Internship in History (HIST 92b) may be taken for credit in the major. HIST 99d (Senior Research) counts for two course credits, which may be applied to the nine required history courses. Senior Research enables students to undertake an honors thesis and is required for degrees granted with distinction. Successful history theses can take multiple forms; recent examples include a documentary film and rigorously researched historical fiction.
The major can be combined with other programs of study, such as Latin American studies or Russian and East European studies. Students should consult their advisors to design a major that best complements the requirements of other programs.