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Areas of Study


For the undergraduate major/minor, the Department of History is organized into 9 fields of study. These fields are divided into two categories, reflecting a Western or non-Western orientation. Students must take 15 hours in either Category I or Category II, and 9 hours in the other category. This allows our students to define a focus in either Western or Non-Western History while retaining a breadth of knowledge drawn from both categories. Some courses can provide credit in either category.

Category I Category II
Ancient Africa and Middle East
Medieval East Asia
Modern Western Europe Latin America
Russia/Eastern Europe Native America
United States  

Thematic Areas

Classes offered by the Department of History touch on a variety of themes that transcend the division between Western and Non-Western History. Students are encouraged to select courses that examine areas of interest to them. Choosing courses from the same thematic area allows students to consider historical questions and problems across time and space and can help students gain an awareness for how Western and Non-Western societies have experienced similar historical issues.  The following themes reflect concentrations in the department’s undergraduate curriculum that may be of interest to students.

Empire, State, and Nation

Environment, Technology, and Medicine

Gender and Sexuality

Migration, Diaspora, and Mobility

Capitalism, Economics, and Globalization

Political Thought, Religion, and Culture

War and Society

Race, Ethnicity, and Identity


MA and PhD graduate students are required to specialize in at least two of the following fields of study:

Primary Fields Secondary Fields
Ancient History (*no longer accepting students) African History
East Asian History Atlantic World
Environmental History History of Medicine
Great Britain Indigenous Nations History
Iberian World History Intellectual History
International History Religious History
Latin America History World History
Military History  
Modern/Early Modern European History  
Russian and Eastern European History  
United States History  
Women's/Gender History  

For more information, please see the Graduate Handbook (pdf).

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