Field of Concentration

Princeton in the FallStudents at the end of their senior year must pass a comprehensive examination in a departmental field of concentration. (See section on Departmental Comprehensive Examination.) The senior thesis is ordinarily written in the field of concentration, but there is no requirement in this regard.

Students commonly choose to focus on the following fields of study:

  • 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

There are no formal requirements for most fields of concentration, but students are encouraged to take at least three courses in their chosen field. Two fields of concentration do, however, carry special requirements: