History Curriculum

Students are expected to complete at least 12 courses or tutorials in history, with at least two courses each in four of the five fields of history offered regularly at New College.

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Area of Concentration Requirements

12 courses plus language requirement:

  • Historical Methods
  • Two courses (at least one of which is upper-level) in four of the following fields, for a total of eight:
    • Premodern history
    • Modern European history
    • American history
    • *East Asian history
    • *Transnational history
    • (the premodern field is required, as is at least one non-Western field, here *)
  • Three more history courses in any field
  • ·Three semesters of a non-native foreign language or equivalent

Joint Disciplinary AOC Requirements

Seven courses plus language requirement:

  • Historical Methods
  • Two courses (at least one of which is upper-level) in three of the following fields, for a total of six:
    • Premodern history
    • Modern European history
    • American history
    • East Asian history
    • Transnational history
    • (alternatively, the six courses can be divided 2–2–1–1 in 4 fields)
  • Three semesters of a non-native foreign language or equivalent

SAMPLE PATHWAYS TO COMPLETE AOC REQUIREMENTS

New College students must satisfy both the requirements of the Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC), New College’s general education program, and the specific requirements for the Area of Concentration (AOC). With so many opportunities each term, the pathway below is provided as an example of how a student could complete the requirements for graduation. We’ve put some checkpoints in place so that you make the most of your time at New College. Each term you’ll meet with a faculty advisor to discuss courses, tutorials, internships, or other academic experiences. Schedule a meeting with your faculty advisor to discuss which courses satisfy the LAC and which satisfy the AOC. Each student completes a Provisional AOC Plan in the fifth contract to select an AOC, and each student submits a Thesis Prospectus/AOC Form in the sixth contract.

A Sample Four-Year Pathway for History

YearFall Term January / ISPSpring Term
Year 1LAC course 1 (Humanities)ISP #1LAC course 2 (Natural Sciences)
Lower-level Asian history courseLower-level premodern history course
Lower-level American history courseLower-level European history course
1st semester languageSecond semester language
Year 2LAC course 3ISP #2LAC course 4
Upper-level premodern history courseLAC course 5
Any history course [field & level open]Upper-level Asian history course
Third semester languageHistorical Methods
Year 3Off-Campus StudyISP #3LAC course 6
Any history course [field & level open]LAC course 7
Any history course [field & level open]Upper-level European history course
[elective]Thesis tutorial
[elective]
Year 4LAC course 8
Upper-level American history course
Thesis tutorial
Internship

A Sample Two-Year Pathway for History

YearFall Term January / ISPSpring Term
Year 3Lower-level American history courseISP of student's choiceUpper-level Asian history course
Lower-level premodern history courseAny history course [field & level open]
Upper-level European history courseHistorical Methods
First semester languageSecond semester language
Year 4Upper-level American history courseISP of student's choice, work on thesisAny history course [field & level open]
Upper-level medieval history courseAny history course [field & level open]
Third semester languageThesis tutorial
Thesis tutorialNatural sciences course