Study History

History is a core discipline in Mount Holyoke’s liberal arts curriculum

The history curriculum serves to further the College’s learning goals through an emphasis on critical analysis, methodological training in the discipline of history, strong writing and communication skills, independent research, and critical self-assessment and reflection.

There are a number of ways to study history at Mount Holyoke. The simplest is by taking a course, which many students do to satisfy general interest in the subject; to explore a particular time period, region or theme; to fulfill the College’s distribution requirements (for Division I Humanities); or because a history course is required or encouraged in other programs. Indeed, the history department contributes to a number of related majors, including Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, Africana Studies, International Relations, Gender Studies and Environmental Studies.  With a diversity of offerings from ancient to modern history, from North America to East Asia—the history department is sure to have a course that will interest you.

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.