History Senior Ben Press Wins Pyne Prize
Seniors Emma Coley and Ben Press have been named co-winners of the 2020 Moses Taylor Pyne Honor Prize, the highest general distinction conferred on an undergraduate.
Kenji Cataldo Awarded Koren Prize
The Koren Prize recognizes outstanding departmental work during the junior year.
Recent History grads discuss their journeys at Princeton and beyond.
Undergraduate Program Committee
Allison Huang, Class of 2021
Rachel Kennedy, Class of 2021
Rafi Lehmann, Class of 2020
Ben Press, Class of 2020
The History Department offers forty different undergraduate courses each year. A combination of lecture classes and limited-enrollment seminars, History courses cover two thousand years of human experience in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. The faculty approach these areas from a variety of disciplinary perspectives: Cultural, Economic, Environmental, Ethnic, Gender, Intellectual, Labor, Political, Social, and Urban history.
The History Department has structured its undergraduate concentration both to encourage breadth of knowledge and to allow concentrators to focus their studies on what most interests them. Concentrators must take at least one course in each of four areas: American, European, Non-Western, and Pre-Modern history.
Central to the undergraduate concentration are two junior papers and the senior thesis. All newly-declared History concentrators are enrolled in a research seminar in the fall of their junior year that offers an introduction to the skills of historical research and writing. In stages, concentrators advance toward the writing of the 75-page senior thesis based on original historical research. The Davis Center awards the Stone / Davis Prize to rising seniors who travel to conduct archival research. In past years, the Department has supported travel to Germany, England, and South Africa, among other places.
Thesis titles in recent years include: "Peering Through Half-Shut Blinds: The Declassified History of CIA Intervention in Iran and Guatemala in the Early Cold War"; "Christians and Shang Dynasty Bones: How an Evangelical Movement Contributed to the Study of Ancient China"; "Colored Television, White Press: The Rodney King Story and Modern Journalism's Treatment of Race"; "Evolving the Internet: How Entrepreneurs and Innovators Commercialized the World Wide Web"; "'Vainglory and Worldly Pomp': A Study of England's First Two Sumptuary Laws."