The History program of study is intended to cultivate a comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of historical events, processes, and trends from the dawn of recorded history to the present day and equip you with the tools necessary for independent historical research and analysis. The program is divided into a core program, six geographical concentrations, and a series of electives. It is recommended that you first complete the core program (HIST101 through HIST104), which is designed to provide you with a broad, comparative overview of world history and equip you with the tools you will need to conduct historical research and utilize primary sources for historical analysis. You should then take HIST201 through HIST212 as well as two additional 200-level courses with a non-western geographical concentration (Latin and South America, the Middle East and Southwest Asia, East Asia, or Sub-Saharan Africa). These specialized courses will familiarize you with specific historical events and trends within each of these geographical sub-fields. Finally, you should take three 300-level electives that relate to your geographical and time-specific concentration. Many of these electives address multiple geographical regions and present a comparative perspective on important events and trends throughout human history.

To complete the knowledge equivalent of a history major, you should complete the core program (4 courses), 6 geographical concentration courses (6 courses), and 3 300-level electives of your choice (3 courses) for a total of 13 courses.

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Core Program

HIST101: Ancient Civilizations of the World
HIST102: Early Globalizations: East Meets West (1200s-1600s)
HIST103: World History in the Early Modern and Modern Eras (1600-Present)
HIST104: Historical Methodology: The Art and Craft of the Historian

Geographical Concentrations

HIST201: History of Europe, 1000 to 1800
HIST202: History of Europe, 1800 to the Present
HIST211: Introduction to United States History: Colonial Period to Reconstruction
HIST212: Introduction to United States History: Reconstruction to the Present
HIST221: Colonial Latin and South America
HIST222: Modern Latin America
HIST231: Empire and States in the Middle East and Southwest Asia
HIST232: Modern Middle East and Southwest Asia
HIST241: Pre-Modern Northeast Asia
HIST242: Modern Northeast Asia   
HIST251: History of Africa to 1890
HIST252: Modern Africa

Elective Courses

HIST301: Greece, the Roman Republic, and the Roman Empire
HIST302: Medieval Europe
HIST303: The Age of Revolutions in the Atlantic World, 1776–1848
HIST311: The Age of the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1500-1900
HIST312: Capitalism and Democracy in America
HIST313: War and American Society
HIST321: Comparative New Worlds, 1400-1750
HIST341: The Silk Road and Central Eurasia
HIST351: Islam, The Middle East, and The West
HIST362: Modern Revolutions
HIST363: Global Perspectives on Industrialization
HIST364: Environmental History
HIST365/STS203: History of Technology