Major program: History is not a body of facts to be transferred from the erudition of a professor to the memory of a student. It is a way of understanding the whole of the human condition as it has unfolded in time. Education in history aims to produce students who can identify and analyze historical problems, interpret difficult bodies of evidence, and write clearly and eloquently. Each History major chooses a field of concentration, and within the concentration chooses a faculty adviser.
Concentrations: Worlds, Empires & Encounters; European; Gender and History; Intellectual History; Religion and History; United States
The department asks everyone to try their hand at real historical research and writing. This may take the form of a senior thesis (required to graduate with honors; typically at least eighty pages long, requiring a two-semester research tutorial); a senior essay (roughly half the length, in a one-semester research tutorial); or a research paper submitted as part of the work in a course.
Sample Courses: World History: The Long Civil rights Movement in 20th-Century America; Modern Europe; From Clay Tablet to the iPad: History of the Book in Intercultural Perspective; Inside Nazi Germany, 1933-1945; Japan and the Atomic Bomb in Historical Perspective
Number of Professors: 35
History Major, Class of '09