Department of History

Alone among the disciplines, history embraces the sum of the human experience—politics, economy, religion, art, ideas, culture, social structures, and science. It is the goal of the Department of History to facilitate imaginative encounters with the past, which are essential to interpreting who we are and how we came to be where we are. All majors have an advisor in the department with whom they should consult regularly in planning their programs of study. The total number of courses required for fulfillment of the major is 12. Students must complete a core methodology course, at least two seminars, and nine additional courses, of which four must meet distributional requirements. Majors have the choice of designing their own path toward the major or creating a more specialized approach with the guidance of Department of History faculty based on geographic or thematic interests, including European, American, and world history, as well as cultural and intellectual history.

Student Organizations

Phi Alpha Theta

Also see Honor Societies.

Undergraduate History Association

For students interested in the study of history; activities include discussions, lectures, and museum trips.

Honors Program

Senior History majors possessing the requisite grade point average (at least 3.0 in all courses, and at least 3.5 in all history courses) can choose to complete the History Department’s Honors Program by enrolling in CAS HI 401/402, a two-semester seminar that will guide students through the research and writing of an honors thesis. The ultimate goal will be the production of a 45–50-page honors thesis on a subject of the student’s choice, grounded in primary research.

Warren O. Ault Prize

Named for a former chair of the department, this prize is awarded annually to a senior for outstanding academic achievement in history.