Option B: Specialty Tracks in History

under3Minimum of eleven courses required, of which no more than three may be below the 200 level.

Method and Historiography: All concentrators are required to take CAS HI 200, ideally in their sophomore year, but in no event later than one semester after declaring a history concentration.

Geographical/Chronological Distribution (four courses): At least one course is required in each of the following areas: American history, European history, world/regional history. One of the four courses must focus on premodern history; a list of courses satisfying this requirement is available in the Course Areas section of the department web site.

Colloquium (Seminar) Requirement: Concentrators must take at least two colloquia (seminars). Ordinarily students specializing in one area of history should take colloquia in their designated field (e.g., those pursuing the American history track should take American history colloquia). If, however, suitable colloquia are not available, students may request their advisor’s permission to take other colloquia instead.

Additional requirements for the specialty tracks are given below. A list of courses approved for each track is available in the department office and in the “Course Areas” section of the departmental Web site.

Track 1: History of the United States and the North American Colonies

Checkoff sheet for this track.
Minimum of six courses required in American history: CAS HI 151, 152, and four additional courses, two of which must be colloquia.


Track 2: European History

Checkoff sheet for this track.
Minimum of six courses required in European history, two of which must be colloquia.


Track 3: World/Regional History

Checkoff sheet for this track.
Minimum of six courses required: CAS HI 175, 176, and four additional courses, two of which must be colloquia. Students develop a coherent program with their advisor. In addition to the history courses in this track, students may include designated courses from the Departments of Anthropology, Archaeology, Economics, Geography and Environment, Political Science, Religion, and Sociology.


Track 4: Intellectual and Cultural History

Checkoff sheet for this track.
Minimum of six courses, two of which must be colloquia, required from the following (pre-2011 course numbers in parentheses):

  • CAS HI 202 (305) Medieval Intellectual History: The Latin West
  • CAS HI 203 (306) Magic, Science, and Religion
  • CAS HI 215 (314) The European Enlightenment
  • CAS HI 223 (315) Intellectual History of Europe in the Nineteenth Century
  • CAS HI 224 (316) Intellectual History of Europe in the Twentieth Century
  • CAS HI 226 (339) Cities and Cultures
  • CAS HI 300 (379) Modern American Cultural History
  • CAS HI 302 (368) Science and American Culture
  • CAS HI 304 (369) Science and Christianity in Europe and North America since 1500
  • CAS HI 305 (373) American Thought and Culture, 1776-1900
  • CAS HI 306 (374) American Thought and Culture, 1900 to the Present
  • CAS HI 308 (354) Religious Thought in America
  • CAS HI ??? (347) Darwin, Freud, and Einstein
  • CAS HI 370 (381) The Samurai in Myth and History
  • CAS HI 424 European Socialism, 1914-1945
  • CAS HI 426 Music and Ideas from Mozart to the Jazz Age
  • CAS HI 428 Postwar European Culture
  • CAS HI 435 Histories of Human Rights
  • CAS HI 440 Refugee Intellectuals (1933-1950)
  • CAS HI 445 Introduction to Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Russian Intellectual History
  • CAS HI 448 Science and Modern Culture: Darwin, Freud, and Einstein
  • CAS HI 456 Religion and American Culture
  • CAS HI 481 Blacks in Modern Europe
  • CAS HI 493 History of Science
  • CAS HI 550 Jews in Modern Culture
  • CAS HI 560 The American Transcendentalists
  • CAS HI 568 The Modern Metropolis: Approaches to Urban History
  • CAS HI 579 Race and the South: Questions of Interpretation in History and Literature
  • CAS HI 580 The History of Racial Thought
  • CAS HI 583 Black Radical Thought