For Current Majors

  • Kate Reed; Photo courtesy of Kate Reed
    Kate Reed Awarded Koren Prize

    The Koren Prize recognizes outstanding departmental work during the junior year.

  • Ararat Gocmen; Photo courtesy of Ararat Gocmen
    Alumnus Awarded Marshall Scholarship for Graduate Study in the UK

    Gocmen '17, who concentrated in History, will pursue an M.Sc. in economics at University College London (UCL), followed by a master’s in the history of political thought and intellectual history, jointly administered by UCL and Queen Mary University of London.

  • Courses to Consider Fall 2017
    Courses to Consider

    Spring 2019

    Looking for an exciting History course? Explore a range of courses from ancient to modern times, world history to history of science.

  • Kate Reed; Photo courtesy of Kate Reed
    History Concentrator Kate Reed Wins Rhodes Scholarship

    She is one of three Princeton seniors who have been awarded Rhodes Scholarships for graduate study at the University of Oxford.

  • Class of 2017
    Why History?

    Students discuss what drew them to study history and what paths they plan to pursue after Princeton.

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 the 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 "Navigating Space and Media in LGBTQ+ Japan: A History of LGBTQ+ People and Their Representation in Media"; "Producing the Family in Egypt: Mass Media, Family Planning, and Egypt's Population Crisis, 1977-1994"; "'Is this all that Melville has to say about America?' Re-reading Moby-dick in the 20th Century"; "The Books of Angelópolis: A Study of the Book Culture and Libaries in Puebla de los Ángeles: 1531-1640"; "Fog, Fog, Fog, and Smoke: The Environmental Effects and Societal Change from Coal Use in 19th-Century Britain."

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