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Undergraduate Program


The Department of History offers programs of study leading to a BA degree and a BA degree with honors. The department also offers a minor in history. Non-majors are welcome in all history courses, except where restrictions are noted, and often become enthusiastic, successful students of history while pursuing other interests.

The department also offers 17 clusters for non-majors that fulfill the social sciences divisional requirement. These clusters consist of carefully selected sets of courses, and include both geographical (e.g., American history) and topical (e.g., War and Revolution) groupings.


The history concentration is valuable not only for those considering the historian’s vocation, but also for those pursuing careers in:

  • Law
  • Business
  • Museums and archives
  • Civil service
  • Research and intelligence analysis
  • Journalism
  • Politics
  • Secondary school teaching


The department offers a wide range of courses in its undergraduate program that encompass social, economic, cultural, intellectual, political, and psychological approaches to historical problems and periods. Most of our 100- and 200-level courses are accessible to students with little prior knowledge of history.

In addition, faculty members offer 300-level seminars that explore more specialized historical problems. The 200-level courses designated with a “W” and all 300-level courses fulfill the upper-level writing requirement.

Working with an Advisor

Each student concentrating in history selects a faculty advisor, based on a student's particular interests in history and in consultation with the director of undergraduate studies. The advisor helps majors plan their programs. In addition, advisors provide information on courses as well as on making changes to a major program, special research, and internship opportunities. See the advising, honors program, and internships pages.