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The History Undergraduate Program offers a wide range of course topics

To get the most out of your history program, we require you to take courses from a variety of subject matters.

The undergraduate programs offered by our department are intended to provide a solid grounding in the study of history. Each level of courses represents another step in the progression toward graduation.

  • The first year courses provide introductions to the range of subjects covered by History and allow students to begin developing university-level research and writing skills.
  • Courses at the 2100 level are directed primarily to non-History students, but students in the History minor may count 2.0 courses towards their module, and students in the History specialization or major may count 1.0 course towards their module if they get a grade of 75% or higher. Many of these courses are topical and do not have essay designations.
  • Courses at the 2200 level are intended to be surveys of specific subfields in History. Students in the Specialization and Major are required to take three of their four mandatory courses at this level, students in the Minor take two. Expectations and assignments are more rigorous than at the first-year level; essay writing and oral communication skills are expected to develop beyond the introductory level, where appropriate.
  • Courses at the 3000 level build upon what has been learned in History courses at lower levels. These courses provide students with an opportunity to delve deeper into more specific topics. The assignments and readings are more demanding than at the 2200 level, with an emphasis on developing higher-level writing and argumentation skills.
  • Courses at the 4000 level are small seminars focused on intriguing topics. Student participation is highly emphasized in these courses and students learning is more self-directed. Only students in the honors specialization are required to take courses at the 4000 level, but all honors students are encouraged to do so, particularly if they are considering graduate school.