History Department

Requirements for the Classes of 2018 and 2019:

Note: Students from the class of 2019 may opt to follow the new regulations for the classes of 2020 onwards with the agreement of their advisor and after notifying the department chair.

To graduate as a history major, a student will need to complete 11 courses and two modules.

  • Of these at least 10 must be numbered over 200 and at least 8 must be HIST courses.
  • All students must take HIST 362--"Issues in Contemporary History".
       o  It is offered only in the fall and should preferably be taken in your junior year.
  • Students must take two additional history seminars, only one of which could be numbered below 200.
       o  All seminars must be taken at Wesleyan and carry a HIST number. Check closely.
  • Up to three courses in other departments, programs, or colleges may be counted toward the total of 11 courses with the approval of the student’s advisor.
  • Up to two courses taken outside of Wesleyan, for example, during the semester abroad, may be included among the history courses.
  • One research tutorial (HIST 403, HIST 404, HIST 409, HIST 410) may count towards the 11 courses.

What are the modules?
Modules are fields of concentration that provide a thematic, geographic, or chronological unity for the courses you take for the history major. Students must complete four courses in each of two modules. Any one course may belong to several modules, but for the major it may be counted only toward one moduleHIST362 cannot be included in any module.

Students consult with their advisors to identify the modules and the courses needed to complete the major. With advisor approval, students may occasionally create their own coherent module.

The modules reveal the richness and depth of the history curriculum. The department offers modules in many subjects and you can also fashion your own. In fact, over 40 different modules have been pursued by students. For a fuller description, go to Descriptions of Modules. Some of the currently popular modules include:

  • Europe
  • North America
  • Empires & Encounters
  • Revolutions & Social Movements
  • War & Violence
  • Visual Arts & Culture
  • Religion
  • Intellectual History
  • Economy & Society
  • Contemporary History
  • Nation & Ethnicity

You may also go to the Department of History's Modules page for more information.