Concentrators must take at least one course in each of four areas: American, European, Non-Western, and Pre-Modern history. By the senior year, undergraduates in the History Department will have selected a field of concentration. Fields of concentration include Africa; Ancient Greece and Rome; East Asia; Europe; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Latin America; Middle Ages; Russia; United Kingdom; United States; Science and Technology; and War, Revolution, and the State.
In stages, concentrators advance toward the writing of the 75-page senior thesis based on original historical research. The History Department offers financial support, on a competitive basis, to seniors who travel to conduct archival research. In past years, the Department has supported travel to Germany, England, and South Africa. Thesis titles in recent years include "'Whether Christian, Moor, or Jew': Social Integration in Medieval Cuenca"; "Representations of the Dead in English Sculpture, 1427-1664"; "Maryland and the Secession Crisis, 1860- 61"; "Women's Participation in the Mexican Revolution," "De Gaulle and the French Empire, 1940-1944"; "The Detroit Race Riot of 1943"; and "A History of the Unix Operating System."