The study of history exposes students to both the recent and the more distant past, so that they may explore changes and continuities in all spheres of human endeavor, and understand the human experience as a process of long-term dynamic evolution. The core requirement in history is a two-semester sequence. 

The following courses (which may be taken in either order) fulfill the requirement:

  1. HIST-099: a course designed to expose students to the discipline of history through focused study of particular historical events, periods, or themes.
  2. A second history course which will focus on the historical developments in various world regions over long time spans. The courses that will fulfill this portion of the requirement are:
  • HIST-007 Intro to Early History (World, Europe, or Atlantic World)
  • HIST-008 Intro to Late History (World, Europe, or Pacific World)
  • HIST-111 or 112 (Africa I and II)
  • HIST-128 or 129 (South Asia I and II)
  • HIST-158 or 159 (Latin America I and II)
  • HIST-160 or 161 (Middle East I and II)

Please note: Arabic majors are encouraged to take HIST-160 or 161 as their second history course. Chinese, Japanese, and Russian majors are permitted and encouraged to substitute an appropriate country-specific history course as their second history course: HIST-122 or 123, History of China I or II, for Chinese majors; HIST-124 or 125, History of Japan I or II, for Japanese majors; and HIST-170 or 171, History of Russia I or II, for Russian majors.

Please also note that the core requirement in history was recently revised. The above guidelines apply to the Classes of 2017 and later. Students in the Classes of 2015 and 2016 should consult the Undergraduate Bulletin and/or their degree audit for the most accurate information based on their catalogue year.

Please note that the Undergraduate Bulletin for the academic year in which the student matriculated is the ultimate authority on all degree requirements. Click here for the bulletin for the current academic year.