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The undergraduate history program is designed to encourage students to immerse themselves in a particular time or place (depth) as well as to gain a broad sense of history (breadth). This is accomplished through both the independent research conducted by juniors and seniors and the distribution requirements that students must take. In their junior year, concentrators write two junior papers, one in each semester. In their senior year, students complete year-long independent research that culminates in the senior thesis.

Common Fields of Study

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  • Africa
  • Ancient Greece and Rome
  • Asia
  • Europe since 1700
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • History of Science and Technology
  • Intellectual and Cultural History
  • Latin America
  • Medieval and Renaissance Europe
  • Modern Imperialism and Colonialism
  • Near East
  • Russia
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • War, Revolution, and the State

For more information, see Field of Concentration.

Concentrators are encouraged to acquire a broad body of knowledge. All students must take four courses that satisfy the department’s Distribution Requirements. In addition, students are encouraged to participate in study abroad programs and to master at least one language in addition to English. Knowledge of a foreign language is virtually essential for senior thesis research on many topics.