Students wishing to major in history typically declare their intention sometime in the fourth semester of College. The requirements for a major in history emphasize both a broad exposure to different time periods and regions of the world, as well as a rigorous engagement with the practice of history as a discipline grounded in the use of primary sources. All courses are designed to contribute in various ways to the College’s Learning Goals.
Though not required for the history major or minor, an independent study course is often one of the most rewarding experiences in the history curriculum. Whereas 100-300-level survey and seminar courses introduce students to periods and themes designed by members of the faculty, an independent study course allows a student to chart her own intellectual path.
The History Department contributes to a number of the College's pre-professional nexus programs, and the history department encourages students to consider pairing a major in history with a NEXUS. Students often use history courses to complete these NEXUS programs:
The study of history is much bigger than one department, and students are strongly encouraged to complement their major program with related programs and offerings from across the campus, the Five Colleges and beyond through study abroad programs.